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Small Office/Home Office Router Security

Original release date: June 22, 2012 | Last revised: February 06, 2013

Overview

Home routers have become an integral part of our modern society as our use of the internet has grown to include business from home, schoolwork, social networking, entertainment and personal financial management. Wired and now wireless routers have moved into our homes to facilitate this additional connectivity.

Unfortunately, the default configuration of most home routers offers little security and leaves home networks vulnerable to attack. Small businesses and organizations that lack the funding for an information technology (IT) infrastructure and support staff often use these same home routers to connect to the internet. These organizations frequently also set up the routers without implementing security precautions and therefore are exposing their organization to attack.

This paper provides a list of suggested steps that can potentially help secure your small office or home router.

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