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It is not widely known that a router can be used for something else other than to simply access the internet. Just as an operating system can be replaced on your computer or your phone, you can install new operating software (firmware) on your router as well.
OpenWrt is built to free users from restrictions found in the firmware that comes standard with their router. OpenWrt is a highly extensible distribution for routers, providing an alternative firmware "operating system" that can be installed on a wide range of routers. The OpenWrt project aims to give more power to what users can utilize their wireless router for, as it can be modified to allow them to customize to suit any application.
Default passwords are commonly used for routers and in embedded systems and are pre-configured for devices. Factory default software configurations often include simple, publicly known passwords that can be easily found online like Admin, Password, and Guest as stand-in passwords for the initial setup or after a factory reset. Many vendors recommend replacing the default password(s) before you comfortably start using the system, if left unchanged, it could draw unimaginable security risks for both home and corporate networks.
Device owners should change the default password to a more secure, unique, and strong password when configuring the device, to counteract the security issues.
Weak passwords increase the probability of your information and data being accessed by hackers and cybercriminals. Creating secure passwords requires a complex combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Complex passwords can be difficult to remember, you can imagine how difficult it is to memorize complex passwords for multiple accounts. However, they are necessary to have for your email, banking app, social media accounts, and streaming services. A security tool like Passwarden password manager will help you to generate secure passwords and retain a memory of your login details for you.
Strong passwords can be susceptible to being compromised if they are being reused, each account should be protected using a unique password, which will ensure that the risk doesn’t spread to all your accounts in the event where one of your accounts gets compromised.
Passwarden relies on state-of-the-art encryption protocols to provide client-side data encryption. Encryption renders your online identity and passwords indecipherable to anyone else but you, be it your ISP or hackers.
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