WiFi extenders: A Vulnerable Hole to Your Personal Data

“What if you come to know that your favorite Nighthawk extender is compromised. An intruder under your nose is accessing all your connected devices and stealing all your personal data.” 

We don't want you to even imagine this!

Here's what you need to know  about your extenders.

Let's blaze a trail.

Nighthawk extenders are the most fundamental pieces of technology required for an internet connection. Nearly 76% of US households use WiFi as the primary means to connect to the Internet.

Unfortunately, once we are done with Netgear Nighthawk extender setup, we treat these devices like an old  furniture and  don't even care about it.

Should you need to pay attention to your WiFi range extender? 

Of course, BIG YES!

Throughout the year 2018, malware attacks on WiFi range extenders and routers increased. A search shows that 51% of users have never tried to visit mywifiext.local page again after the setup process.

Taking aback, 72% of the users have never tried to update their range extender's firmware version. If asked from them regarding this, the most common reason users give is “I don't know why I need to”. Let's look at points defining why we really need to pay attention to these not-so-tiny devices.

Why are WiFi Range Extenders Attacked?

Data Theft

'Wi-jacking' or we can say 'WiFi hijacking' is a security threat that some of us might have encountered. Our neighbors are WiFi freeloaders. Giving WiFi to the neighbor who uses bandwidth without paying is seriously a nuisance. This can become a more malicious issue. 

If hackers/attackers are able to gain control over the Netgear Genie login security page, they can redirect your internet traffic and potentially gain access to your personal information.

Direct Router & WiFi Extender Attacks

Direct attacks on individual WiFi router and WiFi repeaters (extenders) can happen. Compromised WiFi routers and extenders are often caught by malicious botnets, which can later be turn into DDOS attacks and crypto-jacking.

WiFi Range Extenders are Easy to Open

The most common reason why WiFi range extenders are increasingly targeted is that they are much easier to compromise than WiFi routers. With the general state of security in Netgear Genie setup wizard and mobile devices emerging, Nighthawk range extender vulnerabilities are becoming a more valued target.

How Do Nighthawk Range Extenders Get Compromised?

One of the major mistakes one can be up to with WiFi extender security is ignorance of our devices. If we follow good practice in such areas likeusing strong and unique passwords of number and special characters combination and enable multi-factor authentication (if available).

The default mywifiext.local login credentials are often less secure and can be exploited by hackers easily. Therefore, it is always recommended to change the range extender login credentials after doing the initial Netgear extender setup.
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