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    Can My Sky Netgear Be Hacked

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      Can My Sky Netgear Be Hacked

      Hi

      Hoping you can help, I am trying to eliminate the various problems I am having and it's all a nightmare, knowing if I have problems with browser hacking, computer hacking or internet hacking. I guess I am paranoid but I need to know if someone is accessing my computer.

      How stable is Sky Broadband? Is it possible that my internet could be compromised, and my router be hacked into?

      If so what steps can I take to make sure I am blocking any hackers

      Sky keep telling me to use MacAfee, but it doesn't work with a Mac and I have been told it slows the computer down.

      Is it possible to secure my router / internet from hackers?

      Please explain in layman details

      Thank you kindly for any help and assistance.

      Brian


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      Re: Can My Sky Netgear Be Hacked

      With the right level of skill, it would be possible to hack most routers made for the home market. There are some basic security features built into the Netgear router to prevent many of the common issues. Some can be tightened up & personalised.

      Having said that though, what makes you suspect that you are being targeted by a hacker?

      Have you any specific AV software installed?

      Which firewall are you using?

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      Re: Can My Sky Netgear Be Hacked

      The safest thing would be to turn off wireless and use an ethernet cable, at least that way without physical access to the router you should be fine.

      Failing that you could use MAC filtering and only allow your specific evices access, lthough jus about anything can be hacked eventually with eough knowlede, this should deter all the kiddie hackers out there.

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      Re: Can My Sky Netgear Be Hacked

      Provided you have not disabled its firewall, there is little likelihood of your router being hacked, but what can happen is that someone can sign in and use your wireless connection. The best way to prevent this is to use a difficult 'phrase' for your Network Key. This can comprise of 8 to 63 characters, that is everything you can type on your keyboard. Never depend on the default key. You should create one with at least 12 characters, which should not be a word or a date. Something like w8H%sKt&O0pA. Something like this is very forgettable, so write it down and keep it in your wallet/purse/secret drawer

      You should also use the highest encryption your adapter and router support, nothing less than WPA, WPA2 if you have support for it. Do not use WEP, it is worse than having no security at all.

      Sky make it clear in their T & Cs that the security of the router is your responsibility, if it is used for illegal purposes you will carry the can. It is no use saying 'someone used my wireless without my permission'.

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      Re: Can My Sky Netgear Be Hacked

      I would also encourage people to change their default WiFi name and key.

      Anyone who wishes to crack a Sky router just needs to run a program to generate 8 random characters and attempt to sign in. Since they are all capital letters, it is easy to hack a Sky router.

      There might be around 208827064600 combinations, but a modern Laptop wouldn't take long to crack it.

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      Re: Can My Sky Netgear Be Hacked

      Excuse my ignorance, but I thought that the 8 character network key was hard coded. I didn't know it could be changed.

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      Re: Can My Sky Netgear Be Hacked

      Quote Originally Posted by dflour69 View Post
      Excuse my ignorance, but I thought that the 8 character network key was hard coded. I didn't know it could be changed.
      If you press the reset button underneath, then the router will default to the original settings.

      However I have changed mine to something different.

      Click on the 'Setup' tab in the router user interface and you'll see where it can all be changed. Remember to make a note of it though. It can easily be forgotten.

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      Re: Can My Sky Netgear Be Hacked

      Quote Originally Posted by dflour69 View Post
      Excuse my ignorance, but I thought that the 8 character network key was hard coded. I didn't know it could be changed.
      Just highlight and delete the existing key and put your own in its place. Remember to click Apply or it will not be saved. Pressing the reset button will return it to the original default. When you have done this, backup your settings so they can be returned easily, should you ever have to reset the router.

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      Re: Can My Sky Netgear Be Hacked

      The default wireless network key for the Sky DG834GT routers have been made available online, so it is important to change the key. It is advisable to change the default wireless network key on other sky routers too, because they are far too short to provide high security. There are absolutely no performance differences in using a 63 character over an 8 character key, just the hassle of typing it into each device.

      If you are using the dg834gt, make sure the firmware is V1.03.87 or later, as there was a significant vulnerability in one of the earlier firmwares.

      Many routers are vulnerable to reflective attacks which can work via your own browser, or email client, but provided that you have changed the router's default admin password, and don't leave yourself logged in to the router's web interface while browsing (the netgear will automatically log you out after a few minutes anyway), you should be protected from that sort of attack.

      Never use WEP it is insecure. Use WPA2 if possible. It is possible to crack WPA-psk using distributed (cloud) computing, someone developed an app for amazon's cloud computing system, which I think they claimed will crack the key in under 20 minutes, costing only a few dollars in processing time.

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      Re: Can My Sky Netgear Be Hacked

      Sky do offer Mcafee for the Mac, look at the bottom of this page.
      Sky.com - Security Centre>Article

      You can also download Sophos free - that's what I use.


      http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products...e-edition.aspx

     

     

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