What it is: Wi-Fi routers have been infected by malware. Make sure yours isn’t one of them.
The FBI recently released a report about malware that may have infected routers. Back in the old days, people used to worry about protecting their operating systems from malware, so they relied on firewalls and anti-virus programs. Then people had to worry about individual software being infected such as Adobe Flash or Microsoft Word, sot hey had to keep patching their commonly used programs. Now they have to worry bout hardware getting hacked such as Wi-Fi routers.
Essentially, anything that involves a computer can be hacked so be careful. No matter how secure your computer might be, it’s not. Computers are inherently insecure simply because they have too many possible vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit. If you think your hardware or software can be immune from attacks, you’re delusional.
In general, the best way to avoid becoming a victim of malware is to avoid using what everyone else is using. Most malware attacks Windows since that’s the most common operating system in PCs, so you can avoid that threat by using a Macintosh or Linux. Avoid using Adobe Flash and other plug-ins. Switch your browser from the default one such as Safari and use a more obscure one like Opera instead of Chrome, which is equally popular. Buy and use obscure hardware such as less popular Wi-Fi routers.
Sound like a hassle? It is, but that’s the price of security. You’re never going to be 100% secure as long as you use a computer so the goal isn’t rock-solid security but good enough security. By simply using what other people aren’t using, you can make yourself more secure just enough to avoid most major malware attacks.