Recently, I started looking for a wireless router. Before considering specific products, I looked up some general information about different brands offering such routers. To my dismay, I learned that the vast majority of router manufacturers has a history of backdoors being discovered in their products.
Based on this newfound knowledge, it seems to me that avoiding routers with backdoors may not really be feasible and instead of (or rather, in addition to) choosing a router carefully, I must face the possiblity that I end up having a product with backdoors. The question then becomes, how can one mitigate the risks associated with potential backdoors hiding in router equipment?
It's not government agencies I am worried about, but hackers exploiting security vulnerabilities found in networking equipment, like in this recent question. And a backdoor is basically an intentional security vulnerability begging to be found and exploited by someone, and due to its intentional nature, one that router manufacturers would be reluctant to fix.