In the past 5 months Zsys-Networks has noticed an increase in Hack Attacks, Virus Infections, and Data Theft. This all happens to coincide with some of the larger providers such as Time Warner Cable(Road Runner), Comcast, as well as other ISP’s finally implementing the new IPv6 technology which has been available for several years now. However this is not an issue with these providers or the way they have implemented the technology, but how the new technology is used, has changed, and the way IPv6 allows our devices to communicate to the NEW Internet.
Although IPv6 has some great features and allows every single device in the world and in the planetary system to have its own Public Internet Address, some issues do exist.
Most users currently have a Wifi Router/Firewalls/Gateways on their home & small business networks that have limited features and protection for IPv6 implementation. Most of these devices were created to protect users from security threats over IPv4 as well as to allow multiple devices in the home to use one Public IPv4 Internet Address.(IPv6 was created because we are running out of IPv4 addresses worldwide)
Unfortunately with many of the providers now enabling IPv6 on their networks the technology to keep the consumer protected has not caught up and most of the current Routers/Firewalls/Gateway devices on our Home and Small Business Networks allows IPv6 to bypass these devices and ALLOW FULL PUBLIC ACCESS to all of our internal devices. This includes but not limited to (Xbox, Windows, Mac, Tablets, Phones, Network & Wifi Printers, ect) If your device allows IPv6 communication it can be exposed to the public internet.
This issue even gets worse for users on networks that share information, music, pictures, printers, or use devices that stream multimedia such as XBOX, Roku, Apple TV etc…. These all become publicly available and accessible.
DO OTHER ISSUES EXIST OR CAN I NOTICE PROBLEMS???
YES, Some users notice that their internet gets very slow, or websites don’t load and you receive time out errors. Typically this is because someone may be accessing one of your devices and is utilizing your internet to view it. This will be most noticed on DSL and Cable Connections where Upload Speeds are slow. Users on FIOS and other Symmetrical Data Connections may not notice this issue and breach as easily.
IS THEIR A WAY TO PROTECT OURSELVES YOU MAY ASK??
Yes, First we should see if you are currently sharing with the world.
1)On Windows 7 & Vista you need to go to the start menu and in the search type CMD and then enter. You will get a box such as below. Once the window is open type ping google.com -6
Notice below I have 4 REPLY from google. This computer is connected and communicating through IPv6
2) On Windows 8, 8.1, & 10 goto start menu and type CMD and then click enter. Once the box is open type ping google.com -6 and it should look similar to above if you have IPv6 connectivity.
O NO I HAVE FULL IPv6 COMMUNICATION… WHAT CAN I DO????
Most routers have the ability to disable IPv6 settings and to turn them off. You will need to access your router configuration to do this.
You can access most routers by opening a Web Browser(Firefox, Internet Explorer, ect) and type in the address of the router. Most common addresses are listed below.
CAN ZSYS-NETWORKS HELP US??
YES – firstname.lastname@example.org
A) Residential customers pay a small fee for us to program your router and do a audit.
B) Businesses – The FEE varies depending on network size, network configuration etc, We suggest a FREE Consultation first so that we can handle each business requirements and needs directly.