The Internet of Things: 5 ways to #ConnectSmarter
October 16, 2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) is made up of interconnected smart devices which collect and send information via networks, software, and sensors. Anything from your alarm system, your TV, your fridge, or even a baby monitor can be a smart device. To #ConnectSmarter follow these tips to secure your IoT devices, your network, and your privacy.
- Understand what personal information is being collected
- Put IoT devices offline when not in use
If the device does not need to be “always on,” take it offline or power down when not in use to reduce the number of security vulnerabilities in your home network. This is especially important if it has a camera or microphone.
- If you can, set the privacy controls
Many IoT devices allow you to set privacy and security preferences when you set them up. Read the instructions carefully, and disable any functions that you don't want or need.
- Change the default username & password
Your device may have come with a default username and password for setup. You should change these as soon as possible, since hackers are well-aware of many of these, and can use them to access your device and network.
- Set device security software and operating systems to auto-update
Operating system and app software is often updated in response to vulnerabilities and new cyber threats. Setting the software to auto-update, or manually updating as soon as it is available, will keep your security up-to-date.
Learn more about using the Internet of Things securely.
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