The internet of things (IoT) is the inter-networking of physical devices such as garage openers, door locks, appliances, fitness wearables and cars. These are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity that enable these objects to collect and exchange data.
Welcome to the era of the Internet of Things (IoT), where digitally connected devices are encroaching on every aspect of our lives, including our homes, offices, cars and even our bodies. Having more connected devices means more attack vectors and more possibilities for hackers to target you.
Wearables can become a source of threat to your privacy, as hackers can use the motion sensors embedded in smartwatches to steal information you’re typing, or they can gather health data from smartwatch apps or health tracker devices you might be using. It was proven that Internet-connected cars can be compromised and hackers can carry out any number of malicious activities, including taking control of the entertainment system, unlocking the doors or even shutting down the car in motion. UPnP comes enabled by default in every IoT device, which creates a hole in your router’s security, allowing malware to infiltrate any part of your local network.
- Use a unique and strong password for every IoT device.
- Update to the latest firmware and software versions.
- Keep personal devices out of the workplace and at home.
- Be aware of which devices are connected to your home network.
- Don’t connect your devices unless you need to.
- Disable Universal Plug-and-Play (UPnP).
- Change the default password for your wireless router where IoT devices are connected.
- Disable Remote Management on your wireless router.
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- Visit Focus on Learning to register for an upcoming Cyber Security Awareness workshop
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