If there wasn’t enough to be paranoid about with the recent news involving the US Senate Privacy Resolution.
It was recently revealed by Netgear themselves that new builds of Nighthawk R7000 firmware will begin recording specific information. It is unclear at this time if the feature can be disabled. The real question becomes, what information does Netgear need to record and what will the information be used for?
Netgear posted in their knowledgebase the R7000 firmware update will record the following: “information regarding the router’s running status, number of devices connected to the router, types of connections, LAN/WAN status, WiFi bands and channels, IP address, MAC address, serial number, and similar technical data about the use and functioning of the router, as well as its WiFi network.”
If they know this information, this potentially means that Netgear can know that the information it collects is from you specifically. Obviously, this is a problem for people who wish to stay private and as anonymous as possible online.
How To Protect Yourself From The R7000 Netgear Data Collection
It is important to note that this is an issue with the stock Netgear firmware. The ideal solution would be to replace that spying and bug-ridden firmware altogether. If you were interested in acquiring an R7000 still, our team would recommend purchasing the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 from FlashRouters. A FlashRouter replaces this “informant router firmware” with open source DD-WRT firmware to prevent this data collection.
Flashing a router with open-source firmware completely replaces the stock Netgear firmware normally found on these models. Furthermore, this makes the router more stable and more secure by allowing for an array of benefits including advanced security features.
One of our most popular FlashRouters – the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 has a powerful 1 GHz processor and 3 external antennas. This makes it a great balance of range and power.
What To Do If You Own A Nighthawk R7000 Or Other Supported Router?
Concerned that if this effects the R7000, it might affect other Nighthawk routers? Then we suggest some preemptive, preventative measures. Your router is the first line of protection from Internet malfeasance on your home or office network.
If you already own an R7000 or another of the many router models that we support, our team offers assistance with DD-WRT or TomatoUSB firmware with our expert remote firmware upgrade/support plans. After purchasing a support plan, simply email our support team to setup a remote TeamViewer session.
Have Any Additional Questions?
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