Did you know that cyber criminals could be spying on you through your own wifi router? It’s true. Hackers have discovered that many households don’t install security updates for their routers. And ignoring router updates is like leaving the back door to your home completely unlocked.   Without software updates, routers can be easily hacked exposing your most vulnerable internet activity. Which means even though you might have the latest security software on your laptop or smartphone, your personal information can still be at risk.

Recently Netgear, Linksys and other popular router vendors released a new round of software updates to help you stay ahead of the latest security risks. If you have one of these routers, it’s time to take action and protect your online safety.

If you’re a Do-It-Yourselfer, log into your router and check for a software update. You can even click here for a step-by-step video tutorial. If you don’t see an update available after you log in, your unit is probably considered ‘End of Life’.  This means the manufacturer has discontinued support and the security updates are no longer available. Basically, you’ve been left out in the cold!

As a good rule of thumb, if your router is more than about five years old, it’s time to toss it in the trash and get a new unit. Now at this point you might be backpedaling and thinking, “But my router still works fine. If it’s not broke, why do I need a new one?”  As rational as that may sound, it simply doesn’t apply in the IT world. If your router is no longer supported by the manufacturer, it’s only a matter of time until your network fails or is hacked. So don’t wait. If you do, it could be too late. It’s not worth the risk, or the heartache you’ll experience, trying to clean up a big mess later on just so you could save a few bucks today.

If you’re not a Techy-Do-It-Yourselfer (or if you’re just too busy to remember to check for updates), consider enrolling in our VIP Wifi plan.  With VIP Wifi, ATC ensures your router is always up to date with the latest security patches.  The plan also includes a new industrial-level router with a lifetime equipment warranty. So when your router eventually DOES become outdated, or even breaks, we’ll replace it for FREE. Other member benefits include one FREE technician visit every year (a $60 value). You’ll also get unlimited 24/7 remote support which means our technicians can log into your router remotely and help fix most wifi problems without ever stepping foot inside your home.  And the best part?  There are NO upfront costs. With VIP Wifi, ATC provides all the equipment, care and support for just $9 a month.  Visit www.atcnet.net/vip-wifi for complete program details.