Protect your home and office routers and network devices against VPNFilter malware

May 30, 2018

VPNFilter malware has been discovered to exploit a vulnerability in small office and home office routers. This malware is able to collect information, exploit devices and block network traffic. The malware exploits a vulnerability in routers produced by several manufacturers and some storage devices. This is an issue that has worldwide implications.

There are several simple steps that Canadians may take to better secure their networks. Rebooting small office and home office routers can temporarily disrupt the malware and aid in the potential identification of infected devices. Owners are advised to consider disabling remote management settings on devices, and to secure them with strong, unique passwords and encryption when enabled. Manufacturers are aware of vulnerabilities and regularly roll out updates. The best way to keep your devices safe is by keeping them up-to-date. You can also contact your router’s manufacturer for instructions on how to update your router.

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