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Are you aware of the hazards of older routers?

Given how much personal information passes through them each day, it’s always important to ask: just how secure is your home broadband router?

Your router is the gateway to your home network – supplying your smartphone, laptop and other gadgets with a secure internet connection.

But along with your router perhaps not performing as well as you’d like, there’s always a chance that someone unwanted might try to gain access to it and all that personal information that flows through it.

Generally speaking, they’d need to be in close proximity and have serious technical knowledge to hack your router – but the risks still exist, especially with older routers that may no longer be receiving software and security updates.

Age concern

To work out exactly what the situation with old routers is, we enlisted the help of information security firm Context IS.

We looked at two routers that were seven and five years old from two major ISPs – and based on our survey, it’s highly likely both are still being used in thousands of homes.

On both, the analysts found long-established security holes in small pieces of software that allow routers to talk to devices the devices connected to it, including USB drives and printers.

Flawedband

These flaws could allow an attacker to upload and run malicious code, but only if they had physical access to the router.

It’s worth reiterating that the risk is low, but we’d still always recommend you make an effort to have the most up-to-date router possible to minimise as yet undiscovered vulnerabilities.

Do you even know how old your broadband router is? Do you make an effort to upgrade it regularly? Should broadband companies do more to protect their customers?

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Member

For those wondering how criminals obtain their banking details have a read of the new malware -Ghost DNS attacks your router https://www.hackread.com/ghostdns-iot-malware-botnet-hits-banks/ quite comprehensively put without being massively technical.

Member

This topic really should be pointing people to visit and read Thinkbroadband.com
Especially their webpage on router security and the discussion forum about it

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DerekP says:
4 October 2018

Thanks wev – I found some interesting stuff there, e.g.

forums.thinkbroadband.com/security/4592333-bot-net-affecting-routers.html

Member

If the regulars here can answer the questions put by posters then I don’t why they have to, Which ? isn’t confined to dishwashers and dryers Wev. You do notice the heading –Technology – at the Topics scroll down ? the more posters here the more popularity and I am sure Which ? is not adverse to that.

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Pointing towards specialist forums (fora?) is very useful for those who want more detailed information.

Member

It’s ‘forums’, Malcolm; the original word has become Anglicised.

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DerekP says:
4 October 2018

I agree with Ian: forums and stadiums are correct modern English plurals, but then so also are criteria and bacteria.

Member

forum (Latin forum “public place outdoors”, plural fora; English plural either fora or forums)”

“Stadia is indeed the correct Latin plural of stadium. It is, however, far more common for English speakers to use stadiums. Latin plurals such as appendices, crises and fungi are still widely used in science and academia.

Somehow, stadia sounds nicer than stadiums. Haven’t come across “academium”.

Member

Could that be because academia is a state of mind rather than a real place?

Pedants call it academe.

Member

From the OED:

forum /ˈfɔ:rəm/ ♫
▶ noun (plural forums)

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DerekP says:
4 October 2018

And the plural of mum is mums not ma 😉

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Oh bums (sorry, ba!).