A Which? Investigation has found that millions could be at risk of using routers with security flaws. Many devices are not having their firmware updated. Care homes rely on the internet for both staff and residents.
The security flaws include weak default passwords. These passwords can be easily guessed by cybercriminals anywhere in the world. It also opens up local network vulnerabilities, allowing hackers to control devices to see what users are browsing or direct them to malicious websites. The investigation also found many devices have not had a security update since 2018.
The first thing you should do is check you do not have a router with a weak password default and look to change it. If devices are no longer updated or more than five years old, an upgrade should be arranged.
If you are concerned about your care home’s IT security, especially with the increase in residents bringing their own devices, get in touch with an Account Manager on 01865 367111.