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Securing New Devices in an IoT World​

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand as more of our "things"—in our homes, our cars, and our pockets or purses—include chips, tags, or sensors that are ready to connect to the digital world. There's no denying that new devices are fun, but while there are more opportunities to interact with people, share information, and stay connected, we also need to be aware of the risks these things may introduce. Here are some tips to help your end users ensure that their new devices are an asset, rather than a liability.
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Without a doubt, the Internet of Things makes our lives easier and has many benefits; but we can only reap these benefits if our Internet-enabled devices are secure and trusted. Here are some tips from the STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign and National Cyber Security Alliance to increase the security of your Internet-enabled devices:

  • Keep a clean machine. Like your smartphone or PC, keep any device that connects to the Internet free from viruses and malware. Update antivirus and anti-malware software regularly on the device itself as well as the apps you use to control the device.

  • Think twice about your device. Have a solid understanding of how a device works, the nature of its connection to the Internet, and the type of information it stores and transmits.

  • Secure your network. Properly secure the wireless network you use to connect Internet-enabled devices. Don't forget to use a strong password and update software regularly to protect your Wi-Fi router at home.

  • Understand how to keep IoT devices up to date. This includes any software updates that might be needed and passwords or other ways of securing devices.

  • Understand what's being collected. Most IoT devices require data collection. Take the time to understand what information your connected devices collect and how that information is managed and used.
  • Where does your data go? Many IoT devices will send information to be stored in the cloud. Understand where your data will reside and the security protecting your personal information.

  • Do your research! Before you adopt a new smart device, research it to make sure others have had positive experiences with the device from a security and privacy perspective.
Source: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Internet of Things 101 infographic 

 Risks of The Internet of Things


 How It Works: Internet of Things


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