The invention and innovation of technology have indeed improved our lives and have in the same vein encouraged the creation of smartphones smart cities and smart homes. Disruptive technologies like AI (artificial intelligence) and Blockchain have transformed and given rise to many industries through their far-reaching potential. Another innovative tech that has redefined our lives is the IOT which means the Internet of Things.
What Are IOTs?
Internet of Things (IoT) is a term used to describe physical objects (or groups of such objects) with sensors, processing ability, software, and other technologies that connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the Internet or other communications networks. E.g Smartphones Smart speakers, smart speakers etc.
Since IoT is improving our lives, encouraging business and opening new technological frontiers, it has a wide surface area of attack. IoT increases data susceptibility since it collects abundant data from both physical and virtual systems. If not properly secured, IoT devices could become an easy target for hackers and cybercriminals.
Securing Your IoT Devices
Change Default Passcodes
Many IoT devices come with default passwords, and cybercriminals perhaps already know these default passcodes. It means you should change your default passcodes to deter unguarded access to your Internet of Things devices.
Use Strong Passcodes
Devices connected to the Internet of Things should be well secured before joining it to the network. To do so, use strong passcodes (a mix of alphanumeric and special characters) update the security software of these devices, and encrypt and authenticate the device.
Update Privacy Settings
For security sake, it is important to change default privacy settings to avoid any uncertainty and cyberattacks. Default settings only benefit the device manufacturer but will expose you to unfounded risks.
Create Guest Networks
It is crucial to properly secure network connection and Wi-Fi with strong passcodes. Creating a guest network will help to prevent hackers from accessing the connection, thereby guaranteeing the security of your IoT devices.
Update IoT Devices Regularly
The same way you keep your mobile devices updated, Internet of Things devices require to be frequently updated. The manufacturers may notify you of updates. Update new software and install new security software. You can also visit their websites to check updates and protect your devices.
Since we can’t be 100% protected from cyber attacks, we can reduce our vulnerability by taking all precautionary measures to forestall these attacks. IoT devices require top-notch privacy and security updates.