Nikita makes a lot of great points with examples
“I’ve been programming for 15 years now. Recently our industry’s lack of care for efficiency, simplicity, and excellence started really getting to me, to the point of me getting depressed by my own career and the IT in general.”
Ars Technica has a post about some recent news regarding over 7,500 unpatched routers:
“According to a report by Netlab 360’s Genshen Ye, more than 7,500 of them are actively being spied on by attackers, who are actively forwarding full captures of their network traffic to a number of remote servers.”
From earlier this year in May 2018:
You can use localrouter.net to find your local router’s web interface.
Before starting the firmware update on a router or modem (many ISPs control the firmware updates to modems) it is a good idea to back up the configuration settings incase things get reset etc. Firmware updates can also have bug fixes as well as security updates.