With all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on consumer technology of all kinds, you might be tempted to grab a new router for your business. And that might be a really bad idea.

Most online deals are for consumer-grade products, including routers. “So what?” you might ask. “Internet is internet, right?” Not quite.

The American Consumer Institute for Citizen Research tested 186 routers designed for home use, and found security vulnerabilities in a whopping 83% of them. These are products from well-known names like Linksys, Belkin, Netgear, D-Link and others.

The causes of the problems seem to be the router firmware, which often has its roots in open-source code; and the absence of vigilant efforts to patch and update on the part of the vendors. For businesses, that can spell disaster.

As more and more employees work remotely, the exposure to threats from without increases dramatically, and we can say for certain that you do not want an 83% chance of being vulnerable.

Consult a professional and choose equipment that’s built for business. The alternative is not worth saving a few dollars, or even a few hundred.

Questions about protecting your business from cyber threats? Contact Hill Tech Solutions.

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