People pushing for IoT are hoping that PC’s, smartphones, mobile devices, thermostats, smart meters, self-driving cars, and even voice assistant devices such as Alexa can be interconnected on the internet. According to them it will make life more convenient especially on a busy work schedule.

That’s why it’s called IoT or Internet of Things, an innovation wave that many experts are hoping can become a reality to greatly improve our lives. Industry experts see anything that can be interconnected through the internet such as smart TV’s, internet connected cars, Wi-Fi routers, smart cameras, smart locks, some medical devices, voice assistants, smart lights, and fitness bands, to name just a few, in order to make life better.

That is, if we can deal with the cybersecurity threats that IoT can pose. Remember, anything connected to the internet can be hacked, so it’s really important to secure your IoT devices at home even if they’re not interconnected.

It generally keeps your devices safe

Imagine someone hacking into your voice assistant or your coffee maker so you need to secure your IoT devices at home. And cyber attacks are possible because – if you haven’t seen this yet on the news – in 2016, the Mirai botnet launched one of the biggest cyber attacks ever recorded. More than 1 terabyte per second flooded the network of Dyn, a major DNS provider, and brought down sites such as Reddit and Airnbnb. But what made this attack so unique was that it was the first to be carried out with IoT devices. Nearly 150,000 compromised smart cameras, routers and other devices all enslaved into a single botnet, focused on a single target.

Privacy protection

If a hacker can’t get past your impeccable antivirus and firewall defense, they can start looking at your IoT devices. Internet connected devices are data-hungry machines, but some of them have a greater appetite than others. The less information your devices have on you, the better, since it limits how much a cybercriminal can learn about you if they are able to hack the IoT device. As a rule, try to look into what type of data a device will store about you. Be critical of those that harvest data they don’t need, such as coffee machines storing your location information. If your IoT device doesn’t need to be connected on the internet, then don’t, but if it does, then make sure the device is properly secured.

It will keep your network secure

Secured IoT devices also mean a secure network. IoT devices need to connect to the internet if necessary, and most of us use Wi-Fi for that. If your home Wi-Fi network isn’t secure, then your private information isn’t either. Be sure to turn on Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2) encryption protocol when setting up your Wi-Fi, and use a router that offers firewall protection. Always change the preset username and password and change your password every other month.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 6:18:23 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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