BT Home Hub defaults to being insecure, sez security firm

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btbroadband.jpgWith the ongoing marketing push for BT broadband and other integrated goodness via their Home Hub, there’s a good chance that a large section of the population are using an insecure router to access the Internet.

These are generally the same people — he says both stereotypically and self-righteously — who don’t install and keep anti-virus software up-to-date, or have the faintest idea what a firewall is.

It seems that the default security settings on the Home Hub are about as reliable as Windows 95’s were. That teeny password you got printed on the back of the router is just not difficult to crack, according to GNUCitizen.

As per usual, customers are advised to change the default password to something more complicated, as well as beefing up the standard encryption method. Details of how to do that can be found on BT’s web site, though it’s probably something most of its customers will never bother with.

If you’re a BT Broadband customer and feel like proving me wrong, follow these instructions.

(Via The Register)

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Andy Merrett