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Securing your router

Making your router more secure.

The popularity of Linksys/Cisco routers can make them targets of malicious hackers.  By following a few easy steps you can harden your Linksys router against potential intruders.  Unfortunately, cyber attacks are becoming more common place as groups try to mount large DOS attacks on sites for ransom.  These attacks are only possible if staged from thousands of endpoints under their control, so more and more efforts are being used to find open networks to access.  These efforts begin as scans looking for targets whose  defenses are easy or have been compromised by Trojan malware. 

In any event good network practices including virus and security software are essential,  but in many cases the router sitting as the gateway device is overlooked and intruders know this.  The following suggestions are simple to configure and will add additional security to any potential  threats.  Most of these suggestions can and will be applicable for most SOHO routers.  These suggestions are not full proof and even if enacted cannot be a total defense against Trojans and other malicious Malware.   One good suggestion to live by is "if your computer or network just seems like things aren't right, maybe they aren't".  So take a few minutes and log into your router and make some basic common sense changes.  Here are a few easy configurations on your Linksys router to make your network more secure.

Securing your Linksys router just makes good network sense.

Easy steps to lock down your Linksys router. 

VoIP quality depends on good LAN networks.

Since most threats that we are discussing come from the outside, when changing the password and IP address of your router, we suggest that you write it down on a piece of paper and tape it to the bottom of the router.

Additional steps to harden Linksys routers.

Keeping your network and PCs clean of Malware and other intrusive applications should keep your available resources (bandwidth, etc.) for your devices, including VoIP.  VoIP connections are dependant on quality connections and in many cases this quality starts right on your own private network.