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Owners of routers worldwide are being asked to turn off their routers then reboot them, to "thwart a sophisticated malware network linked to Russia". This issue has been reported by the FBI in the USA.
Find out more in this article from the New York Times - F.B.I.’s Urgent Request: Reboot Your Router to Stop Russia-Linked Malware - The New York Times. It says
"The malware is capable of blocking web traffic, collecting information that passes through home and office routers, and disabling the devices entirely ..."
In addition to turning the router off an back on, the article suggests installing any firmware update that is available for the router
How do you install a firmware update to a router?
Updating the router's firmware involves logging in to the router using the router's admin credentials. These details (including the router's default IP address) are often shown on the back of the router. That is assuming that you (or whoever set up your router) haven't changed these details. (On our own devices, we do always change the router's password - for improved security.)
For example, for the router at the iTandCoffee Shop (a Netgear router), logging in to the router involves typing the router's IP address (which is 192.168.0.1 in our case) into the search/address bar of Safari, then logging in as the user admin and with the custom password we have established.
Devices that still use their default settings often have admin or password as the password (or sometimes have no password at all) - it all depends on the brand and model of router that you have.
You can see in the image above that the Firmware Update option on my own router is available is under the Advanced tab, under the Administration option.
Often there will be a prominent message showing that there is an update ready to install, making it easier to find the 'update' option. Mine is already up to date, so does not show any such message.
Need help with this?
If that all sounds like a foreign language, we can help with the update of your router (if you are not too far Glen Iris, Melbourne). Just make an appointment by calling 1300 885 420 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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