Rise of the Internet of Things: How to Stay Secure
As I begin to write this blog, I think about how many Internet-connected devices such as wireless home alarm systems, appliances, garage doors, wearable fitness devices (trackers) and Smart TV’s that many of us use on a daily basis. What’s the potential risk that we face using these connected devices and how do we best protect ourselves from hackers?
It is projected by the end of 2020, over 260 million of installed devices will be connected to the Internet and of that 48 percent will be Smart TV’s. As a result, we as consumers need to consider the risk of the Internet of things (IoT) and at a minimum do the following to protect ourselves from hackers, cyber attacks, and more:
- Implement password management - When it comes to your network equipment (i.e routers, Smart TV, etc), be sure to change the default factory set passwords. Use strong, long and complex letters, and special characters.
- Enable two different Wi-Fi networks - If your router can handle multiple networks, one for computers, smartphones and the other for smart devices.(i.e. Smart TV)
- Disable guest network access - Restrict who has access to your network.
- Secure your wireless network - Use Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol on home wireless network.
- Use an obscure Wi-Fi network name - Avoid network names that are personal in nature such as “smithhome” or one that cyber thieves can use social engineering to gain access.
- Install a unified threat management (UTM) appliance - A UTM will include an intrusion prevention system (IPS), anti-malware, web filtering, advance threat protection (ATP), and data loss prevention (DLP). Managing and protecting your gateway will help mitigate threats that exist.