Routers and Automatic Updates

Routers are like tiny computers. They have an operating system and software just like laptop or phone. They also have security problems. But how often do we update the software on our routers? For most of us the answer to that question is “never.”

Every major router manufacturer provides regular updates to patch security flaws. But not all routers automatically update themselves with these updates. Many still require the user to manually login, check for updates, and then install the updates.

This article for example shows routers from three popular brands being attacked, in addition to NAS, DVRs, and IP cameras. So the next time you shop for a router, find one that keeps itself up to date. And this goes for any other device connected to the internet. Most manufacturers don’t provide updates indefinitely. When the updates stop the devices should be disconnected from the network because they will very likely become vulnerable in the future.