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.

  1. Understand what personal information is being collected
    Read the terms of use and find out what information is being collected by the device, who can see it, and why it is needed before activating.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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