Every second, 127 new IoT devices connect to the internet. That amounts to about 10 million devices each day. Experts predict that in the coming five years, by 2025, there are going to be 64 billion IoT devices all over the world. And in an average Australian home, there are going to be more than 17 IoT devices operating at one time this year.
Connected devices have made our lives a lot easier and much more convenient. But at the same time, one must pay attention to their security and that they are updated. Connected devices need protection the same way your home does. Placing the right precautions in place for boosting IoT devices’ security is crucial to prevent any data leaks or attacks.
Here are some of the aspects of IoT device security you need to pay attention to:
Additional Layers of Protection for Passwords
Cybercrime’s of all sorts and kinds have become prevalent in the last couple of years. Experts estimate that more than 80 of network attacks happen because of weak or compromised passwords.
Apart from using strong passwords, apps and websites have also taken a careful approach are coming up with ways to add additional protective layers and an extra level of authentication. There is a security pin and even passcodes that users receive on their smartphones. Also, companies are popularly using the multifactor authentication method so that only authorized personnel can access data at work. Our homes and connected devices need the same level of protection to prevent break-ins and burglaries.
Information exposure online
The concept of privacy on the internet has become more of a myth. Both individuals and companies are at risk when they share information online.
The OAIC (Office of the Australian Information Commissioner) Notifiable Data Breach found an increased risk. The scheme was implemented in Feb 2018 and since then, breaches have been increasing at an alarming rate of 712%. Out of these, hackers or cybercriminal’s were behind 60% of the breaches, whereas, human errors caused 35%.
There is a need for proper training against data leaks and cybersecurity threats both in personal and professional places to reduce and eventually eliminate the risk of data exposure.
Technology is advancing at a rapid pace. You would come across new safety measures and protection tips every other day since the data criminals and hackers keep getting better and find ways to bypass these restrictions. You cannot cut off technology from your life. Not entirely.
Practicing simple but effective methods could go a long way in the protection of your personal information as well as business data.
You should pay attention to your children’s phone usage. Keep an eye on their phone activities. Quite often than not, due to the ongoing trend of uploading every activity on social media, children end up sharing too much information on the internet. Online stalking and online predators are the biggest threat that tricks young minds into sharing information and even addresses and other details. You can invest in a monitoring app to watch their digital activities.
There are many apps that you can use for the purpose and Xnspy is one of them. It is an app that is designed for the safety of children and also to ensure that your employees are involved in any data leak. The app has to be installed on the phones and lets you view the activities of the phone such as text messages, call logs, emails, multimedia, locations, and web browsing history as well.
Using such an app could be beneficial in being in the know and ensuring that no malicious sites are being opening, scammers are being talked to, or any other activity that might lead to data loss or theft.
Safety against Invasion
The biggest risk that smartphones have to face is that of break-ins. If you combine smart technology with security, it forms a solid ecosystem that both monitors the home, and keeps it safe. Having a comprehensive home surveillance system is going to provide defense against any thieves or burglars but you must ensure that all the gadgets that make up your smart homes are protected and updated.
Back in the day, it was common for thieves to smash a window or break a lock. But now, they can enter your home using a lightbulb for access. This is due to the interconnection of all smart devices and the system. Failure to place a secure password or if using a Wi-Fi password without any protection could allow a hacker to view a credit card transaction take place on a device.
The Risk of Gone Phishing
We all know what phishing is. It is a scam when you receive a hoax email or get a text message or come across a social media post that might seem authentic but isn’t. It could be your bank or internet service provider.
What happens is that the scammers want to trick you into leaking your personal information like a pin or passcode, credit card, or bank account number. You must stay sharp whenever you receive a message or email that:
- Asks you to fill out a form with personal details for a survey
- Asks you to verify details such as your username, password, and PIN code or customer registration number.
- Asks you to log in to your bank account claiming to alert you of suspicious activity. Banks never do that.
Also, these emails have some signs. Spellings and grammar are often poor. Also, you would see cheap graphics. Also, in most cases, they don’t address you by your name at the start of the message. These emails also contain attachments or links and have a sense of urgency in them.
Reducing the Attack Surfaces
One of the best ways to keep your smart home gadgets safe is lessening the unnecessary complexity. The attack surface of any OS is the total of all the potential entry points. And there is a higher risk of exposure to security risks. As you keep on adding more devices to the system to your smart home infrastructure, along with services and applications. When you make sure that only trustworthy or authorized users can access the entry points, the chances of infiltration are greatly reduced. Also, disable any unnecessary or unused services.
Homeowners should keep an eye on their property with surveillance cameras and even physical security systems. But the cybersecurity threats are not too obvious to spot. So, it is important that you stay aware and have the knowledge of vulnerable areas and add additional security to boost the overall security of the house.