The Chinese vendor Netcore is responsible for creating and selling a particular brand of routers under the name Netis with a root password that gives total access to their devices. While this may not seem like a large issue, it allows potential hackers to break into the unit and control different settings that can expose valuable information about the user.
The address 192.168.1.1 is commonly used to gain and view access to administration settings. However, even though 192.168.1.1 is most common, your personal router address may be unique to your ISP. As a test, type in 192.168.1.1 into your web browser and see if a router settings page pops up. If nothing happens using 192.168.1.1, use this guide to find more information.
After you’ve typed in 192.168.1.1, you will see a console that will allow you to view and access different settings for your router. From this point we can take certain precautions in order to protect our router and our private information. The first step is making sure our wireless connection is secured. Unfortunately, many internet service providers leave the wifi access password free and it’s up to the user to create a secure connection. Make sure your password is long, uses both font case sizes and even symbols. This will prevent hackers from ‘sniffing’ out unsecured wifi connections.