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Planned obsolescence is when a product is designed to reach the end of its use date within a specific amount of time after its purchase. Companies like Apple often structure and implement planned obsolescence with their iPhones, pushing users to purchase the newest models after a relatively short period of time.
Some technology isn’t planned to become obsolete, but ultimately becomes obsolete because it ceases to receive support due to its age. That’s the case with several popular D-Link routers. Purchasers thought their routers would last them an indefinite amount of time, but security flaws that D-Link has declined to fix has rendered these routers unsafe and obsolete.
The Security Flaw
The most recent firmware update for a string of D-Link routers manufactured in the mid 2010’s was discovered by Fortinet researchers to contain a glaring vulnerability. The flaw in question leaves room for unauthenticated command-injection, a vulnerability that would allow for remote command execution.
These routers can easily be controlled or monitored by an unauthorized third party, making it especially dangerous for small businesses or home offices that utilize the affected routers. Information transmitted through them cannot be guaranteed to be private. Anyone from anywhere around the world could remotely hack the router, gain access to sensitive information, or redirect you to a website that may install malware or spyware on your device.
Which Routers are Impacted?
The following D-Link brand routers have the security flaw in their firmware:
Some of these models are older and less efficient – they’re at a stage where replacing the router to enjoy the ease and speed of the newest technology would be a good idea. Some of them were released as recently as 2014, and would not necessarily need to be replaced if D-Link prioritized a patch. Unfortunately, that’s not in the cards for owners of these routers.
D-Link has stated that they recognize the security flaw in the router’s firmware. A patch would easily fix the vulnerability, allowing users to continue to use the impacted routers safely. Instead of fixing the problem, D-Link has claimed that all of the routers are at the end of their life cycle. Even though only three of the models have been formally discontinued, they’re still available for sale on Amazon and various tech-oriented virtual storefronts. They have not officially ordered the products to be pulled from shelves.
Because the products are being regarded as at the end of their life cycle, D-Link has absolved themselves of responsibility. They should not technically feel obligated to provide support for products they no longer create or have declared obsolete. Even though the problem can be fixed, D-Link has outright expressed that they will not create a patch.
Using a VPN Router
The best way to avoid security flaws and minimize risks is to utilize a VPN router. VPN routers are configured to utilize VPN connections for every device on the network. It doesn’t matter what kind of information is being transmitted – no one outside other than the device’s user will have any idea what the user is doing.
If you want to browse the web safely without fear of security vulnerabilities, PrivateRouter offers a wealth of routers to suit household, small business, or enterprise needs.