Poor password security, not enough updates and home network security issues could mean some home routers could be putting families at risk.

In December 2020, Which conducted a survey of more than 6,000 UK home occupiers, asking them which broadband routers they are using at home. They found that millions of people could be using devices that are five years old or more, and that these are no longer supporting security firmware updates

Which then followed up their findings by sending a selection of the most regularly used routers (from the survey results), to Red Maple Technologies, to find out just how bad their security is, and found issues with more than half, from ISPs such as Sky, Virgin, EE, Talk Talk and Vodafone.

Which are still carrying out further investigations but it could be the case that over 7.5m brits are affected, and we at Bowland IT are looking to help local homes and businesses throughout the Ribble Valley secure their devices.

Regular security updates are crucial to ensure that all regularly seen cyber attack situations are protected, on an ongoing basis. Some of the models that are still out there being used in homes and businesses stopped getting updates back in 2016. Without the most up to date software being installed on these devices, there is no guarantee that your home network is secure.

Look out for these routers in your home or business;
•Sky SR102
•TalkTalk HG523a
•TalkTalk HG533
•TalkTalk HG635
•Virgin Media Super Hub 2
• Vodaone HHG2500

For more info on how we can help you check your router security, give us a call on 0800 689 0099 or email info@bowlandit.co.uk