A CIO Magazine article reporting how Asus routers may open USB attached hard drives to hackers is a new story to and old dilemma. This article is a perfect example of balancing easy access to information and the need for security.
The easiest setup mode for your Asus router is probably the least secure. Most of us understand this balancing act but insist on going the easy route. In the case of the Asus router, one default setup option proposes that all users of this router use the same password “family” to make access easier. How may Asus buyers use the password “family”? My guess is most still do.
The Asus router isn’t the only example of how businesses and individuals choose the easy route over the safe and secure route. When it comes to disposing of your old computer equipment, the easy route is to call the closest electronic recycler and have them take it away.
Don’t forget that those old computer contain hard drives that hold the most valuable assets you own…your personal information. The safe and secure option is to have your hard drives destroyed before they leave your custody.