F-Secure has launched a one-button Router Checker that inspects Internet set-ups to protect people from misdirecting to websites that can spread malware or steal their personal information.
F-Secure Router Checker will enable Internet users to identify altered Internet settings that can let attackers manipulate. F-Secure’s Labs says over 300,000 home or office routers were discovered to have altered settings in 2014, with each router potentially serving multiple computers, mobile phones and other devices.
“Attacks that target Internet settings often go unnoticed because they don’t really have obvious symptoms for people to pick up on. People will suddenly see more ads, or they’ll be misdirected to a dangerous website that looks and feels safe,” said F-Secure Security Advisor Sean Sullivan.
Internet attackers make money by setting up rogue servers to misdirect Internet users and connect them with websites that can contain fraudulent advertising, spread malware, or even trick them into revealing personal information. The new Router Checker makes sure the settings on people’s computers, phones, and even their routers connects them to safe DNS servers chosen by users or their Internet service providers.