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BizReport : Trends & Ideas : March 30, 2016


IoT interest growing but majority no clue how to keep home network secure

Internet of Things devices are piquing consumers' interest in the UK, and more than a quarter plan to purchase such a device, but with that interest comes some very real concerns.

by Helen Leggatt

Mobile and Internet security firm BullGuard surveyed more than 6,000 U.K. consumers and found that more than a quarter planned to purchase Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Planned purchases ranged from smart TVs, connected cars, dishwashers and coffee machines, among others.

security.pngHowever, the risk of hacking, or theft of data, was something that two-thirds (66%) were 'very' or 'highly' concerned about. More than half (57%) were concerned about privacy breaches.

Even those who feel they are tech-savvy, and have lived with technology for decades, have concerns. Nearly a quarter (22%) of respondents said they had advanced technical skills but even they were not confident they could keep their IoT devices safe.

"Consumers are clearly not equipped to handle the myriad of security risks presented by connected devices," said Paul Lipman, CEO of BullGuard. "With devices such as security cameras, alarm systems and door locks now being connected to the internet, physical security is becoming as much of a consideration for consumers as data security. Keeping these devices secure is absolutely imperative."

According to BullGuard, the key to keeping IoT devices secure is to safeguard the home router. More than 8 in 10 of those surveyed said they could set up their own router yet 72% did not know how to configure a router to keep a home network secure.

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Tags: Internet of Things, IoT, research, security










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