Do Routers Store Data? Control Your Router Search Privacy

Summary: This 3-minute article explains how to clear router history and control your router privacy. Also, learn how Contact the IT experts at GEEKAID Computer and Network Support at to discuss router privacy and the importance of maintaining robust, network-wide cyber security.

There are so many moving parts to the hardware, software and network considerations of computer systems that it is inevitable that some issues “slip between the cracks.” Router security is one such consideration. While router manufacturers claim they don’t capture the websites you visit, all router companies do collect and share some of your data. Unfortunately, even the most tech-savvy users can be complacent or misinformed regarding router privacy.

Router companies are not very consumer friendly and transparent about their privacy policies and what, if any, data is stored by their routers. Lengthy legalese-packed statements are comprehensive yet complicated for the average user to understand. Considering all of the data transmitted and received to and from your devices passes through your network’s router, consumers should pay more attention to understanding what’s stored and how to clear it. Do routers track website visits? Maybe, maybe not. But at the very least, they store IP and DNS information and other device-identifying data.

Is Data Collected by Your Router Used and Shared?

The short answer is yes. It is likely that every router company uses its routers to capture some form of data useful for marketing. The company might only use the data it gleans from your router for internal marketing plans and decisions. However, there is no guarantee that they are not sharing some information with third parties. The bigger problem is that there’s no guarantee that those third parties are not sharing that same data with other parties.

The good news is that there are some simple steps you may take to clear your router search history:

Opting Out of Data Collection

Some router manufacturers allow the user to opt-out of data collection. Upon request, other companies will be transparent and, upon an email request, will show you what data they have and allow the user to delete previously collected data. When researching different router brands, you might consider adding “Can I opt out of data collection?” to your list of questions.

Network Cyber Security Experts To The Rescue

SMBs and anyone with a robust network would be wise to enlist the assistance of IT consulting services to help make informed and cost-conscious decisions about your routers and other devices related to your computer system. IT professionals can ensure your system has strong network security from the start. In addition, IT experts can help you define all of your computer-system priorities to serve all your business and personal IT needs. Furthermore, they can ensure your network operates at maximum speed and functionality. Finally, onsite IT support can help keep your entire network up and running as securely and efficiently as possible when required in New York City.

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