We've long lauded the benefits of switching providers when it comes to your broadband, TV and broadband or mobile service.
Savings are a key benefit - especially if you've been with the same provider for years. But the equipment you're using to connect to the internet is also a consideration. Older kit may not only affect broadband performance in the home, it could leave you open to hackers.
If you've been with the same provider for many years, you could be using old equipment that's no longer supported with important updates, which help to guard against emerging cyberthreats.
Issues included weak default passwords that could allow a hacker to access the router from anywhere, a lack of updates to protect against new and emerging threats, and vulnerabilities that could allow a hacker access to your home network.
Popular devices where we found issues included the Sky SR102, Virgin Super Hub 2, and TalkTalk HG635.
While you might think that your broadband provider will send you a new router once a model is superseded, this isn't usually the case. There's often an up front cost involved, a requirement to recontract, or both.
Switching provider could benefit you in more ways than one - you should be sent the latest equipment by your new provider, see improved performance and faster speeds, and you could even end up saving money each month.
Getting a new router isn't just about securing your smart home - other benefits on offer from using more advanced technologies and features could simply improve your broadband in the home.
Better routers will work well when multiple devices are connected and are clever when it comes to sending bandwidth to devices that need it most. Some even have apps that let you set a preference for certain devices which your router will prioritise, such as TVs where you do your 4K streaming or a laptop where you want the fastest download speeds.
Range is one of the biggest bugbears and a newer, high-scoring router will have a better chance of sending wi-fi to the far reaches of your home. Newer routers have a 2.4GHz signal, which has better range, and 5GHz, which has better speeds. Routers can switch you between the two dynamically so you get good speeds when you're close to your router, but you don't lose connection entirely when you move further away.
As well as getting new, secure equipment for your home broadband, switching affords other benefits.
Time and again we've found that smaller providers do better than the traditional 'big four' in our surveys, based on factors such as customer service and technical support. While you might be comforted by the idea of a big brand providing you with such a vital modern service, shopping around could actually result in a more rewarding experience.
If you're one of the 24% of people in the UK who are still using standard broadband, switching to fibre can offer you a boost in more ways than one. With over 96% of the UK now able to access superfast fibre broadband, there's far more opportunity to upgrade than there used to be, and prices have dropped dramatically. In fact, you might even find you save money, and get a faster and more reliable connection.
If that wasn't enough, our analysis has shown that switching broadband provider could save you as much as £143 per year. In fact, Virgin Media, BT and Sky customers all stand to make annual savings of over £100 per year by switching - which could be particularly appealing if you're also being sent the latest router.