Staying connected has become so easy as the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand. From smart speakers to treat dispensing pet cameras, the versatility of home technology is endless.
However, with more devices comes more risks, opening yourself and your family up to a way for hackers to make themselves comfortable in your home.
What’s the risk?
We get it; having a Smart Home is exciting, but securing these IoT devices, smart home devices such as a voice-activated speaker, or wearables, such as a smartwatch, are easily overlooked. This poses the risks of vulnerabilities and unpatched software, leaving an open door for hackers to attack. IoT devices are at high risk for malware attacks, man-in-the-middle attacks, and eavesdropping.
Malware attacks: Malware attacks can create damage or theft of sensitive data on your devices or network. McAfee, the security software company, recently discovered that the popular internet-connected exercise bike, Peloton, had a vulnerability where hackers could install fake versions of legitimate apps to steal users’ personal information.
Man-in-the-Middle attacks: Attackers can place themselves between the user and web service giving them access to see any input data, including passwords.
Eavesdropping: Hackers can infiltrate IoT devices accessing microphones and cameras, collecting information sent to the device, or listening to private conversations.
Here are 3 ways to secure and work smarter with your smart tech:
Check your settings: When setting up new devices, check all default settings and turn off features that may be unnecessary. You’ll be able to see what privacy settings each device has to offer, and you may even find yourself turning on some more restrictive settings for added security.
Automatic software updates: Protect your IoT devices from cyber attacks by ensuring that your software is updated. Out-of-date software contains flaws and vulnerabilities. Companies release software updates with you in mind, defending your device from security breaches. Allow for automatic updates when new software is released so that you’ll always be running the latest release.
Create a separate network: Keep your IoT devices connected on a private network independent from your office network. By doing so, if a device does become compromised, hackers cannot access your network that corresponds to your PCs and mobile devices.
When it comes to securing your IoT, there is no verifiable one-size-fits-all solution. With a comprehensive risk assessment, SNC can help you identify and mitigate security risks in your network.