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Default passwords (from OEMs) for networked devices

The manufacturers of networking devices (i.e., routers, switches, firewalls) and network-capable devices (such as printers and multifunction devices) often include built-in HTTP services that run on them. This HTTP functionality allows you to open web-based graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for the purpose of configuring and administering the devices. For example, here are the web GUIs for configuring a Netgear GS108T switch and a Linksys WRT54G wireless router.

Netgear GS108T configuration

Netgear GS108T administrative interface

Linksys web configuration

Linksys WRT54G wireless router web configuration

As you can see, there are multiple tabs and submenus available to let you tweak the configuration of the device to meet your needs and preferences.

Most manufacturers password-protect these interfaces as a simple measure to prevent access by intruders. These default passwords are intended for out-of-the-box installation and configuration. The problem is that many device owners never bother to change these default original equipment manufacturer (OEM) passwords, and several websites exist that categorize and publish them (making them available to malicious and ethical hackers alike).

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Written by Doug Vitale

December 1, 2011 at 11:26 AM

MediaFire.com file sharing and backup

MediaFire.com provides online file storage which is one way to back up your files. MediaFire also allows you to share files with others.

MediaFire.com

The MediaFire app for Android offers users 50GB of free cloud storage.

Be aware of the MediaFire copyright controversy.

Written by Doug Vitale

November 18, 2011 at 4:30 PM

GetHuman

GetHuman is a website that can save you significant amounts of time when you need to speak to real people who work for the companies we deal with.

Normally when you call a business’s default support lines, you are greeted by pre-recorded messages that guide you through an array of prompts. Some of these prompts require you to press buttons on your phone while other prompts actually tell you to speak. Very rarely does the voice recognition software actually work and answer your question or solve your problem.

From now on, do not use companies’ websites to find contact telephone numbers. Use GetHuman instead and you will probably save a lot of time.

GetHuman main page

The GetHuman main page

Written by Doug Vitale

November 8, 2011 at 3:03 PM

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