Most users neglect their routers which not only puts their security at risk, but also the devices that are connected to the network. Now some users go above and beyond to make sure that their data is secured, while some users do the minimal which is changing the security code. But there are things such as updating your router’s firmware that can have a huge impact on the security of your network for multiple reasons. Firmware is basically a software that controls how your device works. Usually it’s for fixing bugs, or getting new features. Newer versions of firmware are released regularly in order to eliminate bugs and other loopholes found in the previous versions that may make your router susceptible to being hacked and infiltrated. Developers keep releasing newer versions so that outsiders or hackers can’t take advantage of these bugs. As users, it’s vital for you to regularly update your router’s firmware and read what’s changed or what was fixed.
All your data goes through the network so any compromises could put your security and privacy at risk especially against people who have malicious intent. Any devices connected to the network will automatically be impacted as well. A few examples of vulnerabilities include hackers having access to your usernames, passwords, bank details, credit cards etc. and with sensitive information like this, there can be no second guessing. Which is why manufacturers release updates to handle such vulnerabilities and as users, it’s essential to make sure you download them and update in time. But the main issue for everyday average users is finding the right updating and installing it. Essentially meaning that most routers don’t get the security updates. Which update to install and how to install it varies from router to router depending on the model. The common method however is to do it through the router’s administration or configuration page.
To find the default IP of your router, enter “ipconfig” in CMD and the IP given next to Default Gateway is the one you need. Most models have a default IP which you could search up. Next, go to Firmware settings or Advanced settings. This option will vary depending on which router you have. Check for updates and install if prompted too. If it says that there’s an update but nothing to download, you will have to manually download it from the manufacturer’s site and then install it on the router. It may seem like a lengthy process but when it comes to make sure that your data is secure, it isn’t a hassle at all.
You could also check to see if the manufacturer will notify you whenever there’s an update, making it an easy reminder to update your firmware. Also make sure to periodically check the manufacturer’s site for any new updates. Some firmware updates also improve the performance of the router by making it more efficient and giving you a variety of new features to choose from.