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  • Does your router auto update?

    Posted on July 1st, 2021 at 11:18 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Michael Horowitz has long opined that router security needs a LOT of work. He has often complained about the sad state of firmware and router software.  Now comes several disclosures via Microsoft and Netgear that some of their firmware needs updating to fix holes that attackers can use to get in.

    It’s a reminder that things we take for granted are often ways that attackers can wiggle in as well.

    Make sure you regularly patch your router (check for firmware) or enable automatic updates. Most router OS’s are purpose built distributions that typically have zero issues during the update process. And don’t forget to review how old your router is. Sometimes they do die and you do need to replace them. Othertimes they fall out of support and you SHOULD replace them. Remember there is software under the hood as well. If you can’t remember when you last updated it, checked for updates, or when you bought it, today would be a good day to check on those items!