Answer: Similar to software on your computer, your router's firmware needs to be updated regularly to repair bugs and vulnerabilities as well as stay resistant to attacks. For example, hackers can access your private files, record websites you visit and searches you conduct, or use your network for criminal activities.
Many routers receive updates automatically, but you still have to activate them manually. To get specific instructions, you'll want to do an online search for "How to update the firmware on the [your router name and model number]. But here are the basic steps involved:
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