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Google’s On Hub, Starry Station, the Amazon backed Luma Home Wi Fi System and Eero all take care of updates without the user being involved.
“When it comes to security, if you have static software running a device, chances are it will be insecure,” Eero CEO and co-founder Nick Weaver says.
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For instance, Linksys recently fixed a flaw that allowed a user on the local network to access the router’s administrator interface without the password. Many routers we've tested, including the top rated Linksys EA8500, automatically download updates—and consumers may think they're protected.
But you typically need to activate these updates manually. A study conducted by Tripwire found that fewer than half of IT professionals had recently updated the router firmware in their homes.
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Routers can also be taken over for criminal activities such as illegal downloads and attacks on websites.It's important to regularly update router firmware to keep the security features up to date."All of your information is going to be passing through that router,” Craig Young, a researcher with Tripwire, a digital security company, says.Surprisingly, only 32 percent even knew how to do it.That means that most home routers never get important security updates.