Frequently Asked Questions

Protecting Yourself

If I don’t enable Remote Administration, hackers can’t see my router, right?

Nope

CSRF

infected computer

What can I do to protect myself?

You’ve already started. By coming to this site you’re aware of the potential risks out there.

We’ve collected a good list of things you can do to keep your network safe here.

Running RouterCheck

Are there any other tools that do what RouterCheck does?

No, not really.

There certainly are tools to do certain aspects of what RouterCheck does, but none of them do a comprehensive job and none of them are as easy to use as RouterCheck is. If you’re really interested, you might start by looking at the following:

To recreate RouterCheck’s functionality you’d need to learn how to:

  • Scan your network for open ports and understand the implications of having each of them open
  • Look through the listings on the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures database (CVE) for your router and firmware to determine whether there are known exploits. You’ll also need to understand how to interpret the result.
  • Determine whether the DNS server that you’re using is friendly or run by hackers. This is VERY important and not so easy to do. RouterCheck uses some proprietary techniques to help determine whether a DNS server is a threat or not. You also benefit from the fact that everyone else checking their routers helps to seek out the bad guys.
  • Find out if you’re a target for hackers by being in a database such as Shodan.
  • Check whether an innocuous looking button that you pushed in your router’s configuration settings has caused some unforeseen security problems.
  • Check whether the password you’re using is one that hackers tend to use when they’re guessing at user passwords.

RouterCheck does all of this and more in less than the time it takes to get a cup of coffee. If you’ve chosen not to use RouterCheck and try to do all of this yourself, be aware that you might even learn enough to qualify for a lucrative job as a professional Penetration Tester.

Will RouterCheck work with my router?

Yes. RouterCheck does not run on your router, so there are no modifications to your router necessary. RouterCheck is a smartphone application, so it can check any router that it’s connected to.

Since RouterCheck runs on a device other than your router, it cannot be attacked as a part of a hacker’s attempt to gain control over a router. This is important since if a hacker controlled your router, he could also control all of the processes running on it, and thus negate any checks that ┬árouter anti-malware solution would provide.

The Problem

How big is this problem?

Home router-targeted attacks is growing in popularity among hackers as they are fairly simple to launch and a successful attack could prove to be enormously successful. Several years ago we would never hear about anything as massive as the Hacks of Mass Destruction that we see today. The sad thing is that these attacks are not that difficult to pull off, and can be done by relatively unsophisticated attackers.

What problem does RouterCheck solve?

As hackers become more sophisticated in their attacks, we’ve seen that they are now targeting routers in peoples’ homes as a way to attack and infect their computers. Just like you run anti-virus software on all of the computers on your network so that they’ll be protected, RouterCheck checks and protects your router. This is important since your router is the most important component of your home network, and they are notoriously vulnerable to attacks.

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