Why You Should Protect Your Internet Connection Starting From Your Router

The Internet can still be the virtual “Wild West”. It can offer riches like the Gold Rush, and it can also be a vast lawless land of obscurity for bad guys.

On the Internet, the bad guys can hide in plain sight. Your Internet connection is one such hiding place.

Ninety percent of all U.S. households have some type of direct on-line access. This means we should all be concerned with protecting how our trading computers are connected.

You Should Protect Your Internet Router

One glaring example comes from a device that most people already have on their network – your router.

It was recently discovered that a chipmaker, which supplies most big name router manufacturers, hid their own private backdoors into chips that allows anyone to reset the router back to the factory username and password combination.

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This backdoor gives hackers the ability to gain full access to the network and the built-in programming of the router itself to install spyware or other malicious programs.

Who would’ve thought your Internet Router could come preloaded with a way to get attacked!

That’s why we post info like this… so you can run your trading computer safely and securely.

Vulnerabilities Show Up In Unsuspecting Places

There are other examples beyond just your Internet connection of physical vulnerabilities include USB memory sticks being sold that are “pre-infected” with spyware, webcams with open and public viewing access, and even malware infected smartphones.

Backdoors, hidden access points, and unintentional programming “flaws” are found in a multitude of devices that you may already own.

Arm Yourself Against Internet Attackers

It’s important you secure your connections, your data, and your devices. The most famous Wild West cowboys had a trusty sidearm to be safe. Just like a Texas Ranger, you should protect yourself too.

There several ways you can protect yourself:

  • Setup Firewall and Virus Protection – Use a firewall and antivirus/anti-malware application and keep them updated.
  • Keep Your OS Up to Date – Update your OS (operating system) and other software regularly to ensure all patches and fixes are installed. (From our websites Internet traffic we can tell nearly 50% of traders still use Windows XP, which is over 10 years old. Not a good idea traders!).
  • Guard Your Home Network – Do not let family or friends use your home network when they come to visit since you cannot ensure they have kept their software and hardware virus and malware free.
  • Use a Secure Web Connection – Ensure that all of your network traffic is secure by using HTTPS connections whenever possible.
  • Stay Stealthy – Do not attract attention to yourself online (if you win the lottery there is no need to post that to Facebook).
  • Get Hardware/Firmware Updates – Check for updates for hardware that runs your network – router manufacturers release patches and fixes just like other software companies.
  • Trust but Verify – even a new external hard drive needs to be scanned for malware before you use it.
  • Password Protect Devices – Always password protect your network and any devices that are attached to it.
  • Use Public Wi-Fi Sparingly – Never trust a public Wi-Fi network under any circumstances.