How to restart your router amid FBI warning

How to restart your router amid FBI warning. (WJAR)

The FBI is issuing an urgent warning to anyone using a router.

The agency says Russian hackers are infiltrating routers in homes and offices across the United States. That means that if you use Wi-Fi in your home, your device is at risk.

According to the FBI, these Russian hackers are using a new malware attack called VPNFilter, which can be used to steal your personal information.

VPNFilter can also order routers to self-destruct, potentially knocking thousands of internet-connected devices offline.

The FBI says this VPNFilter has already infected about 500,000 devices in more than 50 countries, including the United States.

Even scarier, there's no way to tell if your router has been infected.

But there is a way to temporarily disrupt malware, and prevent future hacks.

It's a pretty easy to do: just reboot your router. Unplug it for at least 30 seconds, and then plug it back in.

After you do that, security experts recommend resetting your Wi-Fi network password and installing software updates.

That’s where the process can get complicated, especially if you don’t remember the username or password for your router.

You can find more detailed instructions for updating your router from Business Insider.

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