Chances are, if you answered yes to either question, you may not have upgraded your router’s firmware in quite some time.If you have, congratulations, you can stop reading this article right now, if not, read on.A new worm, or piece of self-replicating malware, nicknamed "The Moon" has been infecting Linksys E-series routers, and possibly some Linksys Wireless-N-series routers, by exploiting a vulnerability in the way the routers verify administrator access.Fortunately, upgrading to the latest Linksys router firmware and disabling the Remote Management Access feature will prevent the worm from gaining access. Do this by opening a Web browser on any computer or mobile device connected to the Linksys router and typing "192.168.1.1" into the address bar.You should see a tab at the left of the screen called "Internet Filter." Click on that tab, then make sure the box next to "Filter Anonymous Internet Requests" is checked.Cisco, the manufacturer of Linksys routers, provides periodic firmware updates for all products covered under the terms of support.Check for updates regularly to ensure optimum functionality of a Linksys router and avoid certain bugs, intermittent wireless connections or other issues related to network connections.
You can find the model number on the underside of your router.Here are the basic steps for performing a firmware upgrade, check your router manufacturer’s website for specific instructions for your make and model.Most modern routers use web browser based administration which means you basically type in the IP address of your router in order to access it’s administrative functions.Click "Continue" on that popup to complete the process. Congratulations &mash; you're now running the latest firmware for your router.There are a few extra steps you should take to make sure your router is as secure as possible. In the router's Web-based setup page, click on the "Administration" tab at the top.From the drop-down box that appears below the tabs, choose your hardware version. Don't turn off the power or hit the router's reset button while this process is underway.