the Fbi, your neighbor, or your It guy told you that you need to reset your router
Late in the may of 2018 the FBI posted an advisory to all of us U.S. residents to reboot our routers due to a piece of malware. IT professionals actually advised that resetting your routers was ideal to eliminate as much of the malware as possible. Rebooting the router is not as effective as resetting the router at eliminating the problem. I, along with the other IT professionals, recommend that in all cases where it is possible to reset the router. In this blog post I outline how you can reset your CenturyLink Modem/Router combo unit and your Netgear router to it's factory default settings. This is effectively going to erase the problem if it is even there.
Here's the article I reference:
Resetting your router
The short answer is a resounding YES! We need to have security software in place. There is always a possibility for the ‘bad guys’ to find new and interesting ways to attack our computers. The problem is that no operating system or device is completely secure and that’s especially true if it connects to the internet. The problem is that for a lot of problems we simply don’t know where the ‘bad guys’ are coming from.
Don’t hang on to old out of date devices, especially if they can access the internet. Despite spending money on those devices you should not keep them indefinitely. Before you divest yourself of the device be sure to wipe it by completing a factory reset. If you want to be doubly sure that the data is completely erased fill the device up with junk files and perform a second factory reset. The point is to make it as difficult as possible for anyone to get what they are after on our computers and devices. By putting this and the other points into practice you will keep that gate closed.
LINKS AND REFERENCES:
Cobian Backup is free to use and has been around for years which is why I wanted to highlight it here. I am aware that the original creator of it has sold it to James Sweeney (the current owner). It is still available for the foreseeable future so I will continue to recommend it as a software solution for local backups.
Onto the installation. First visit:
(this opens in a new window).
Click on the link that says Cobian Backup 11 (Gravity) as indicated in the picture.
Running the setup file:
After you have downloaded the executable file run it so that you can install Cobian Backup. Normally while running the installer you will need to tell Windows and/or your Antivirus program that it is safe do so. Then the system will be able to proceed with the installation. Here are the steps I would recommend following during the installation process.
Here is the process I recommend:
Please see the pictures below as a reference:
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