Your WiFi router may have been hacked if you see one of four “warning signs”.
Cyber experts have found dangerous evidence that someone has hacked into your router.
Today, many of our devices are connected to our WiFi routers.
And huge amounts of important information travel across our home WiFi network.
Now, Aura’s cybersecurity experts have unveiled the “red flags” to watch out for.
Keep in mind that these warning signs are not a complete guarantee that you have been hacked.
But if you see one or more, it could be a good sign that something is wrong.
If you see these signs, it’s important to do some research to make sure you’re not a victim of cybercrime.
According to Aura, the first sign to look out for is slow internet speed.
If your internet is usually slow, that’s not a problem.
But if your internet suddenly becomes persistently slow, it could be a bad sign.
“If you notice that your Internet is much slower than usual, it may be an indication that an unauthorized intruder has access to your network,” Aura said.
“The more people using your network, the more Internet bandwidth is consumed and the less bandwidth is available for surfing the Internet, using applications and services, or watching videos.”
Next, you should watch out for unknown devices or IP addresses logging into your network.
This is very easy to check.
Just enter your router’s default IP address – this should be on the back of the router.
“Attackers could try to connect to your network with unknown devices,” Aura explained.
“If you think someone is spying on your activity, you can log into your router’s IP address in your web browser and look at the list of connected devices.”
Thirdly, if your WiFi password has been mysteriously changed, you should be very concerned.
This is a big red flag that someone is tampering with your network—especially if everyone else in your home is unaware of the change.
“Cyber attackers change your credentials shortly after breaking into your router to prevent you from changing settings and protect themselves,” Aura warned.
“If you can’t sign in with your own credentials, that indicates your wireless router has probably been hacked.”
Finally, pay attention to any unusual software or apps that appear on your devices.
This could mean someone is using your compromised network to break into your devices – a very dangerous situation.
“If you find that you have software or applications installed on your devices that you have not authorized, it can be another telltale sign that a cyber attacker has taken control of your WiFi network,” revealed Aura.
Aura said you have many options if you think you’ve been hacked.
- Factory reset your router
- Change your WiFi password
- Turn off the WiFi setting that allows someone to control your computer remotely
- Check your bank statement regularly for fraud
- Scan your devices for malware with cybersecurity software
If you think you’ve been hacked, it’s important to act quickly to limit the damage cybercriminals can do.