It was recently reported that there’s a security risk involving several D-Link wireless routers. If it is compromised, hackers can install malicious firmware which would put your information at risk.
After the issue came to light, TM has issued a statement and basically, most TM UniFi customers should have nothing to worry about.
UPDATE: TIME has issued a security alert for its D-Link DIR-850L Router.
UPDATE 2: D-Link has released its latest firmware for the DIR-850L router.
If you have a D-Link wireless router at home, do take note. Several D-Link routers from the DIR-800 series including a model that’s commonly bundled by TM UniFi and Time Broadband were found to have a security vulnerability. The issue was made known by Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency (CSA) and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in a joint advisory.
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Although in terms of specs there’s really not much difference between the two with both offering up to 7.2Mbps download and 5.76Mbps upload, we haven’t yet seen a MiFi this good.
No indication on when this will hit our shores but we don’t expect the E583C to make an appearance here anytime soon. If you’re wondering, the E583C retails for US$177 in Hong Kong, that’s about RM560 — a pretty hefty price considering, the E5 and our current MiFi favourite, the D-Link DIR-457, does pretty much the same thing at very much less money.
Some concern UniFi customers reported that there’s a backdoor access thru UniFi’s router. It was discovered that TM has left an open access on UniFi’s router by allowing Remote Access ON by default which poses a security vulnerability as it is believed that such admin access had similar passwords on all UniFi routers.
Acknowledging that this is of great concern, TM responded by issuing a press statement citing that such remote access was done with intention of providing better troubleshooting when technical support is required.
With the security concerns, TM has admitted that this may not be the best way to go so they have proposed a solution by changing all TM UniFi routers which are D-Link DIR-615 to a unique one which is exclusively known to the customer & TM.
The security concern raised is a valid one and TM shouldn’t have implement such remote access without its customer’s knowledge. Nevertheless, it is good that TM acknowledges such problem and had immediately proposed a solution for its customers.
If you’re a UniFi customer, we suggest you take the necessary step of disabling “Remote Access” by unticking “Enable Remote Management” in your D-Link DIR-615 Wireless router. More details at a Low Yat forum here.
This isn’t the first security vulnerability for ISP customers in Malaysia. Even P1 W1MAX has similar vulnerability for its DV-230 WiMAX modem with WiFi where its password has the same pattern as the SSID. If you’re using this modem, we suggest changing your WiFi password too.
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Have you ever been in a situation where you wish that you had a WiFi hotspot to connect to the Internet to? If you wanted to get some surfing done while out and about you would be limited to hotspots at restaurants or cafes; or you’d have to get a dongle and plug it into your laptop – not really a feasible option for someone who needs to whip out his computer get connected right away.
Also, we’re putting it on record that 3G dongles are ugly. We just hate looking at the thing jutting out of a laptop USB port with a blinding blue lights flashing at every single click.
Enter the WiFi pocket router. A WiFi pocket router grabs 3G signals and turns it to WiFi connectivity for you to use. Unlike USB dongles, these pocket routers allow you to share your 3G connectivity with as much as five WiFi devices.
Some people will instantly see how a WiFi pocket router would be tremendously useful for them but for others, they might not see the point. Which side do you belong to? Well, read the rest of this review to find out.
This is our review of the D-Link DIR-457 pocket WiFi router.
We’ve just gotten ourselves the D-Link DIR-457 pocket 3G router.
While the review is underway, is there anything you’d like to know about the device?
Let us know in the comment section.
Update: Review is up! Read all about it here.