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Upgrade your Internet Router Firmware

As I have mentioned previously on this blog, home & some small business routers are not secure.

One of the issues is that most routers do not automatically install firmware updates when they become available. Another issue may be that your router is just to old ant the manufacturer no longer supports the device and thus does not release new firmware updates. You may ask what does my router do? Well, mainly two things. It allows your internet connection to be shared by all the devices in your house, and secondly it is supposed to help isolate those devices from all the bad things that float around on the internet. There are new software vulnerabilities found almost every month in regards to the software that runs your router.

Thus it is extremely important that router firmware be kept up to date.

Most newer routers it as as simple as logging into the router going to the Administrator section and click Check/Upgrade Firmware, the router will download the new firmware and reboot, some routers you have to manually download the firmware from your router manufacturers website and install it. Below are the manufacturer support pages for the most common internet routers.

Asus Support

Linksys Support

NetGear Support

Here a few websites explaining more details of the firmware issue.

Consumer Reports – Wireless Routers Outdated Firmware Poses Security Risk

Forbes – Russia Accused of Hacking Network Infrastructure

Fox News – How to protect your router from Russian hackers

If you would like to have us upgrade your router firmware and teach you how to do it in the future, give us a call!

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