The Internet of Things is everywhere and that means that it’s important to understand how much of a potential security risk these devices can be. From smart speakers to smartphones, it's important that you understand how these devices can create problematic situations. In this week’s blog we will discuss how you can protect yourself against IoT vulnerabilities at home.
There are several factors to why the Internet of Things is insecure. The first is that the demand for smart devices has created a situation where manufacturers are trying to get as many devices out on the market as possible and in their haste, they don’t do enough to build secure environments. Another reason is that many people don’t have the security acumen to do the things needed to improve security for a network that features a lot of IoT devices.
These smart devices are super useful, but if they were to be hacked, it can cause a lot of problems for you. If not secured, hackers can gain access to webcams, access your heating and lighting systems if they are connected to the Internet, gain access to account information—or even financial information, deploy malware, and even turn your smart devices into agents of chaos (also known as a botnet).
Obviously, with so much at stake, you will want to know some actions to take to properly secure these devices. Much of what can be done are good strategies to secure your network in general. These actions include:
IoT is becoming increasingly important at work and at home, so doing what you can to keep from dealing with attacks and other digital issues is important. If you would like more useful security tips, or you just would like to have a conversation about how to best secure your IoT, give us a call today at (504) 840-9800 ext. 105.