In fact, Tejas Shah, Netgear’s chief information officer, says his company released nearly 200 fixes for its line of routers in 2017 alone.
Not long ago, for instance, Netgear fixed a bug that threatened to make administrative permissions available to hackers, according to Shah. Consumers typically have to find, download, and install router updates themselves. A 2014 study (PDF) conducted by Tripwire found that fewer than half of IT professionals had recently updated the router firmware in their homes.
“So if it’s compromised, it can really impact your privacy and the security of your devices.” Young has some serious router-hacking cred, having identified and responsibly disclosed dozens of vulnerabilities in products from manufacturers such as Amazon, Apple, and Google.Originally from Los Angeles, I'm now an East Coast resident searching for the perfect burrito in Brooklyn. Anyone who uses software of any kind has encountered prompts to update or upgrade that software.Once it gained entry to routers, they were used in distributed denial of service (or DDo S) attacks on commercial websites.Router manufacturers typically roll out software updates throughout the year to address such vulnerabilities.He says router owners face several threats from hackers.In October, for example, a pair of university researchers discovered a vulnerability that could allow attackers to access usernames, passwords, credit card details, emails, and more flowing through an encrypted Wi Fi network.Young’s advice is to check for updates at least once per quarter.You should also see if there’s a way to get security notices via email from your router’s manufacturer.We use 100% of these fees to fund our testing programs.I'm an avid photographer and tech nerd with a passion for writing about gadgets and consumer technology.