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Internet of Things (IoT) Security in Smart Home Devices

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to devices that can send or receive data automatically, without being prompted by human interaction. Examples are cars that notify drivers of low tire pressure, a security system notifying the home owner, or smart thermostats maintaining optimum home temperature based on outside weather.

These devices have very low security protocols. While attackers or hackers have not found a way to profit from taking control of devices yet, it is only a matter of time. The most common access points are through the cloud or the home Wi-Fi Ethernet network. Device owners can protect themselves by:

  • Ensuring strong security protocols and encryption on the home network
  • Changing default passwords
  • Disabling unneeded features or features not in use
  • Avoid secondhand (and therefore potentially compromised) devices
  • Install updates as they become available.

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