Your home router isn't just a way to connect your gadgets to the Internet. It's a vital part of your security setup and of keeping hackers off your network.
That's why router security flaws are such a big deal. A router with a weakness leaves your computer and other gadgets open to invasion from the Internet. And that's just what happened recently to one router brand.
The brand in question is D-Link, and last week security researchers found no less than three flaws in D-Link router software. These flaws gave hackers several ways to breach your security, including redirecting your Internet browsing to malicious websites.
In response, D-Link has released its first firmware update for the DIR-820L router. If you have this router, you'll need to log in and run the setting that checks for new firmware updates. Check your router's manual for the steps (download a new manual here if you can't find it).
D-Link is also planning to release firmware updates for these routers later this week:
If you have one of these routers, there's a step you can take to make your network safer while you wait.