Most of us understand how important it is to keep our smartphones, laptops and other connected devices updated with the latest version of the operating system. With each new version, updates are made to fix bugs, add new functionality, improve performance, or enhance the important security features that protect our personal data and privacy. Your firmware and updates are just as important.
Firmware is the software that comes preinstalled on the router and helps protect your network from malware, viruses, and other threats; and it provides the administration software that you use to manage your router’s settings. Firmware updates provide bug fixes and technology improvements that lead to a better overall internet experience for you and your family. Another critical advantage of keeping your router firmware up to date is the security protection it provides.
Increasingly, these threats are specifically targeting home Wi-Fi networks. For example, did you know that if your router is poorly secured it can be taken over remotely by a hacker? What’s worse, hackers can then use it, along with thousands of other hijacked routers, to launch malicious cyber attacks on organizations and their websites and networks.
If your firmware is out of date, your router could be hijacked in this way and there’s a good chance you wouldn’t even know it. While there are many different aspects of home network security (such as changing your passwords regularly), the first in preventing serious problems is to make sure you always have the latest firmware version installed on your router.