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Is it possible for your computer to get hacked into through someone's router?


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#1 bigbrown411

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 09:45 PM

Is it possible for your computer to get hacked into if your computer is connected with another person's router? I'm in college right now, and my roommate brought his own router for our dorm. He had to put in his password so I could get connected to his router. Is it possible for him to hack into my computer and look at all my files and steal them? I have a 2 year subscription to Webroot SecureAnywhere to prevent this from happening, but I'm just curious if there is any dangers if your computers becomes connected to another person's router. I'm worried when I connect my external hard drives to my computer, he could potentially steal/erase my files from my external hard drives. I know this sounds crazy, but I'm a very crazy person.



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 02:02 AM

If I were you I would make sure that your "Network Settings" is set to "Public". This should turn off any access to your files.


A bigger danger, IMHO, is that your internet activity could be monitored. Here are some tips to avoid that.


Hope this helps.
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Posted 28 September 2013 - 08:19 PM

The short answer is - yes, according to a discussion elsewhere here. Do a search for router hacked and hopefully you'll find the topic.
It can be done, but only if the factory password hasn't been changed. The crooks look for specific brands like linksys and try to access the router via the original factory password.



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Posted 28 September 2013 - 09:52 PM

Top Wi-Fi routers easy to hack, says study by research firm Independent Security Evaluators


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