In this example we will replace the firmware on a Linksys WRT54GL .
If you have a different router, find your solution here to replace the factory default firmware with DD-WRT.
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If your router is acting as a file server on your home network, a successful attack can give hackers access to private files.
That means that most home routers never get important security updates.Linksys sends out multiple updates each year for its most popular routers, according to a company spokesperson.Most of these improve performance and/or add new features, he says, but they often resolve security vulnerabilities as well.Instructions on how to update routers vary by brand, but for most models you need to log into your router through a browser using the devices IP address.Here are links on how to update popular routers: Apple, Asus, D-Link, Linksys and Netgear.
That could, for instance, allow a criminal to send a user to a fake bank site in order to collect user names and passwords.