Kim Komando offers flawed advice on router security

An article in yesterday’s USA Today by Kim Komando, How to keep hackers out of your router, claims that updating the firmware in a router will keep out hackers. This is not even close to being true and, in another context, would be considered malpractice.

I’ll illustrate how flawed her premise is with an analogy. Suppose you went to a doctor seeking advice on being as healthy as possible and were told that simply taking a vitamin pill is all that’s necessary to live to 100. Obviously, there’s more to it. 

The article as it appears on

Not only is the advice terribly incomplete, but Ms. Komando seems to be living in a fantasy world where router manufacturers always fix security flaws. Often, they do not. 

Komando also engages in scare mongering, writing that

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