wifiA recent study by Avast determined four out of five internet connected homes are at risk of being hacked through a wireless router.  Once wireless access has been obtained, hackers attempt to gain access to the router’s admin software. Unfortunately Avast found more than half of all routers admin software are poorly protected by default or common, easily hacked password combinations such as admin/admin or admin/password, or even admin/<no-password>.  25 percent of consumers (based on a 2,000 home survey) use their address, name, phone number, street name, or other easily guessed terms as their passwords.

One step users can take to thwart hackers (besides the obvious use of a strong password) is to use a generic or non-descriptive WiFi network name.  Having your WiFi signal named “The Johnson’s” may give a hacker an advantage to use personal information (address, phone number, family names, etc) related to the Johnson family in an attempt to break into your network. Avoiding common network names like “attwifi” will also help prevent your devices from automatically attempting to connect to signals when you are away from home.

Here is a link to the original Avast article.