DO NOT use Cisco/Linksys products.
Recently they pushed a firmware update to their newest routers without owner permission which locked owners out of the router's administration page. You were instead forced to create a fucking account on some new web based service called "Cisco Connect Cloud." If you don't sign up for this online service, which gives access to your router's administration page from anywhere in the world, you can not configure the router. Furthermore, Cisco is using this new firmware to monitor what types of devices you have on your local network, the amount of bandwidth being used on your local network on an hourly basis, the websites you visit, and the names of media files residing on your local network.
CAN YOU FUCKING BELIEVE THIS?!?!?! I'M FUCKING OUTRAGED BY THIS SHIT!!!!!!!!!! FUCKING FUCK!!!! Everyone needs to know about this and stop using Cisco/Linksys products of ANY variety. They clearly have moved over to the dark side. Oh, and attached below is the letter I just PHYSICALLY
mailed to Cisco to express my outrage. I recommend you read the letter since it has further information about Cisco's new Cloud Connect Terms of Service:I was just listening to episode 360 of Steve Gibson’s "Security Now" podcast. I just learned about your new routers which are known to spy on users and report various proprietary network information to Cisco/Linksys, such as bandwidth usage, domains visited, device types on my network, and most unfortunately of all, the names of media files residing on MY network. Furthermore, the Terms of Service pertaining to your new cloud management service state that Cisco may unilaterally shut down an account if it is found someone has used the service for “obscene, pornographic, or offensive purposes, to infringe another’s rights, including but not limited to any intellectual property rights, or… to violate, or encourage any conduct that would violate any applicable law or regulation or give rise to civil or criminal liability.”
The Terms of Service then continue, “we reserve the right to take such action as we (i) deem necessary or (ii) are otherwise required to take by a third party or court of competent jurisdiction, in each case in relation to your access or use or misuse of such content or data. Such action may include, without limitation, discontinuing your use of the Service immediately without prior notice to you, and without refund or compensation to you.”
I run an IT firm providing services for both business and residential customers. I own a website with thousands of active users. I intend to make it my life’s mission to inform users of your policies. I will NEVER AGAIN purchase a Cisco/Linksys product. You are officially dead to me.
Go fuck yourselves.