The FBI recently issued an alert: Over 500,000 home and Server Message Block routers are threatened by a dangerous malware, VPNFilter. This highlighted a bigger problem: home router security has been and continues to be terrible.
Home routers are your Internet onramp — making your Alexa, TVs, and cameras globally accessible and open for hacking. Like desktop software circa 1990, router software doesn’t auto-update or evolve to protect from the latest hacks. This puts us all at risk.
Meanwhile, with the tsunami of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, ISPs are trying to better support your home network, looking to provide support and security to assure your devices work. But, they are blocked by the software on these routers.
We need to call on router manufacturers to focus on software and partner with cloud software experts. Otherwise, millions of homes are going to be vulnerable to identity theft, spying or extortion.