Security Flaws In The Xfinity Router Activation Website
Do you lease an Xfinity router from Comcast? If so, you need to start using a VPN as soon as possible.
Recently, security researchers Karan Sanai and Ryan Stevenson revealed the Xfinity router activation website was leaking sensitive information. Sainai and Stevenson found that the website contained several security holes.
First, the website sends customers’ SSIDs and passwords in plain text over the Internet. This makes it easily accessible to anyone snooping on the network.
Second, accounts that are already activated can be “activated” again. Even more so, users only need an account number and street address to access the service.
Essentially, would-be hackers can obtain customer’s SSIDs and passwords with ease. This enables them to gain unauthorized access to routers, exposing unencrypted traffic on customer’s wireless networks.
How To Protect Yourself From Xfinity’s Security Flaw
The good news is that Comcast, Xfinity’s parent company, took down the service and claims that it will “take all necessary steps to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.” Nevertheless, this should cause customers to think twice about leasing devices from Xfinity.
One way to protect yourself from these types of router insecurities is to use a Virtual Private Network, or VPN, to encrypt your wireless network. Unfortunately, Xfinity routers do not support VPN connection, but a FlashRouter supports it natively.
Using A FlashRouter In A Dual Router Setup
A Dual Router Setup is a network configuration that uses a FlashRouter alongside your Xfinity router. This configuration allows for the use of your unprotected Xfinity network or your encrypted FlashRouter VPN network.
With the new FlashRouters Privacy App, integrating a FlashRouter into a Dual Router Setup is quick and seamless. This is done as easily as plugging in the FlashRouter to your modem router and accessing flashroutersapp.com via the web browser of your choice.
Using this set up gives you the option of staying with Xfinity as your ISP but also gives you the chance of protecting your home wireless network.
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