What’s worse than no password? A default or generic password on your modem/router. Many manufacturers and internet service providers set up modem/routers with administrative access passwords with default usernames and passwords. These are not very safe when modem/routers by that manufacturers and internet service provider often use the same details!
Whilst this makes the ability for configuring modem/router simple, it can also result in users who have access to your network to be able to perform changes on the modem/router if they know the correct details. With those details, they can see and change important details, effectively blocking you from access to your own modem/router, and could even possibly change your wireless’ password!
The modem/router’s password is different to your SSID (wireless access point) password. This password should too be changed on a regular basis.
It is strongly suggested that you access your modem/router and confirm and change your password if it is the same:
- Find (or download) your user guide or manual for your modem/router.
- Using the manual, check to see whether you have changed your password by entering the provided details (often “admin” is the username and “password” is the password.
- If you haven’t, change the password to something unique (like any other password).
- If it possible to do so, you may wish to change your username also.
- Document the password in a safe and secure place until it is required.