Change or recover router password
To prevent unauthorized users or hackers from modifying router settings each router administration interface is protected by username and password. This protection is not very strong since typically routers are shipped with default usernames and passwords and users never bother to change them. So if default router security settings are left intact anyone who somehow gained access to the home or business network can modify router settings and make your network vulnerable for external attacks and tracking.
To prevent this from happening it is recommended to change router default password to a different one which could not be easily guessed by a hacker.
First try to load your router administration interface in a browser and see if you can log in. For example if your router IP is 192.168.o.1 you can try typing http://192.168.0.1/ into your web browser address page and administration interface login will show up. If you don't remember the password try following:
- Look at your router's manual. Router manufacturers typically provide default username and password combinations in manuals for their routers.
- Look for stickers on your router. Many ISPs write down username and password information on the sticker at the bottom of the router.
- Search internet for default password for your router. Typically username is "admin" or "administrator" and password is empty or "admin". But some router models could use more sophisticated passwords.
If none of the methods above work then you may need to reset your router to factory settings. Factory reset typically resets router password as well. To get instructions on how to reset your router to factory settings please refer to your router manual.
Now when you're able to login to your router go to a section of administrative interface where you can change your router password. Make sure that your new password is strong and contains both uppercase and lowercase letters and has numbers in it. If your password is complex and you think you won't remember it then write it down and put it to secure place or save in a secure password storage.