How to Safeguard Your Internet-Connected Devices Against Cybercrime
The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere… It’s virtually impossible to find a home or office that’s not using some type of internet-connected devices. However, we can’t forget that internet-connected devices are collecting data at every chance they get. This is part of what makes them so innovative. They’re able to gather insight into who you are and what you need from them. This means they’re storing personal information, such as:
- Your name
- Your location
- Your age
- Your health data
- And much more
All of this personal information can be quite useful for cybercriminals looking to make a quick buck on the dark web or commit fraud and/or identity theft themselves. AVAST found that approximately 40% of homes have IoT vulnerabilities lurking within – 33% of which are vulnerable because of outdated software while 66% are vulnerable due to weak login credentials.
How Can You Protect Your Internet-Connected Devices in the Home and Office?
As internet-connected devices offer additional entry points into the network, whether they’re in your home or office, it’s important to make sure you’re taking adequate steps to protect these devices against attacks. Here are 6 ways to safeguard your internet-connected devices:
- Use the right security software: You should be using the right security software on all tablets, computers, smartphones, and other devices. This means it should be enterprise-grade with the ability to detect any sort of intrusion.
- Create strong, hard-to-guess passwords: All passwords should be strong and hard-to-guess – meaning they’re made up of a complex mix of letters, numbers, and characters. Use a unique password for each account or device.
- Be wary of public wi-fi: If you have a more portable internet-connect devices, such as a smartwatch, be wary of public wi-fi. When possible, wait until you’re in a familiar place to connect or use a VPN.
- Research carefully before making a purchase: Before you buy a new internet-connected device, take some time to research it. Find out whether or not they’re known for vulnerabilities and what type of information they store.
- Keep an eye out for firmware updates: It’s always helpful to have a running list of all the internet-connected devices you own, then periodically, check the manufacturer’s websites for firmware updates.
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