Cybersecurity Tip: Internet of Things (IoT)
Securing Devices in the Era of the Internet of Things
As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow, securing your home network and devices has become more complex. The IoT offers many benefits, such as increased efficiency, convenience, and automation. However, there are also several dangers associated with the use of IoT devices. In this article we will define IoT, examine the risks of using IoT devices, and offer some tips to help secure your IoT devices and home network.
What is the Internet of Things?
The Internet of Things refers to the network of physical devices that connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the Internet.
What are IoT Devices?
IoT devices are capable of connecting to the Internet either directly or indirectly. Though it may not be apparent, items labeled as “Smart Devices” such as thermostats, door cameras, and appliances often have Internet access and can potentially retain or collect sensitive information such as schedules, routines, and personal preferences.
Tips to help you secure your IoT devices:
Research before you buy: Before purchasing an IoT device, do your research to ensure that it has strong security features and a good track record for updates and patches.
Disable unnecessary features: Many IoT devices come with features that you may not need, such as remote access or voice commands. Disable these features if you're not using them to reduce potential attack vectors.
Use a separate network: Consider setting up a separate network for your IoT devices to isolate them from your other devices and data.
By taking these extra steps to secure your IoT devices, you can help protect your home network from potential cyber threats. Remember to always stay vigilant and keep your software and firmware up to date to ensure the best possible protection against cyber-attacks.
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