Technology is bringing in various advancements each day, and it has resulted in the popular assumption that around 6.4 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices would be in use in the coming years, which is an increase by thirty percent from the year 2015. However, all these advanced technologies are also bringing in a lot of potential threats for security such as malware and hacking.
It is for this reason, boosting the safety and security of IoT is given a lot of importance regardless of the number of devices you use it on. Here are some of the top tips that are beneficial for you to safeguard your IoT devices.
Have a Clear Knowledge about the Connection
The most important thing to know before making the device you use secure is knowing the elements that are vulnerable to attacks. The average home is assumed to have four to five connected devices apart from smartphones, computers, and tablets. The connected devices of your home can mostly include media players, game consoles, and any other device that has a camera or a microphone. It is important to note all these devices and confirm the information each of those devices has access to.
Protect all Devices and Accounts in it Using Passwords
One of the most crucial things that have to be kept in mind and made into practice is to protect all the devices that are managed using a web-based account using a strong username and password. The password should include a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers. Also, keep in mind to never use the same password for many accounts as a hacker would have wider access to those devices if it is done otherwise.
Avoid the Use of Insecure Internet Connections
Always keep in mind to not use Wi-Fi connections that are not protected with passwords, especially when you try to access the web on your devices like tablets or smartphones from remote places as insecure connections are one of the major threats that make your devices easy to hack. Also, make sure to set strong passwords for your Wi-Fi connections and router and also to update them regularly as it can improve the security of your network.
Secure your Smartphone
In the case of misplacing or losing your phone, a hacker can easily access your personal information saved on your device. Hence it is always better to make use of mobile security programs that allow you to back up all the data on your device to an online account. It also helps in tracking the location of your device when it is lost, and remotely lock and clean your phone’s memory. A PIN or password set on your device can provide you with an added layer of protection.
Always Create a Separate Network for your Device
Several routers are used for the setting up of multiple networks. Turning to the manual of your router can help you to create separate networks for your IoT-based devices. As you segment your network more, it would be very hard for hackers to get access to all your devices and the information saved in them.
Install a Firewall on your Devices
The firewalls on your devices prevent common threats like viruses, hackers, and worms from attacking your device over the web as the deny access to unauthorized traffic. Many computer systems offer a default firewall, and this is enough for most of the users. Installing a firewall on your device can act as extra protection as it offers more security functions that satisfy the needs of the users. Configuring a hardware firewall is also a good idea to get wider defense for your networks.
Update the Security Patches Soon
All smart devices release system updates regularly to address the flaws relating to security and issues of the users. Always make it a habit to install system updates soon after they are available to you as it can make your device stay more protected. Periodical checking on the website of the device’s manufacturer can be helpful to have an idea about the release of the next updates and other announcements related to security. Also, many devices have settings that allow automatic installation of the latest updates.
Keep the Devices Disconnected when they are not in Use
Always turn off your devices when they are not used, especially the ones that are equipped with video cameras and microphones. Even when there are a lot of connected devices like thermostats that need constant connection with the web, there are many other devices that do not require a connection. Keep note of those devices to turn them off when they are not in use. You can prevent a hacker connecting to your audio and video streams by disconnecting the connections when you can.