Internet of things devices are great creations that bring organization and simplicity in our lives. However, you have to secure these in the right way. Fortunately, there are some easy steps to take to ensure IoT device security.
Secure Your Wireless Router
Firstly, confirm that the Wi-Fi equipment unit is secure. Otherwise, it can be exposed to many security threats. So confirm that you are not using the settings that came with your router. Rather than the default settings, it requires a unique and strong password, which is not easily guessable. You will also wish to enable WPA2 encryption, plus turn off remote access software and hardware to make it virtually impossible for hackers to access your devices.
Have Unique Passwords for All Devices
Every single device needs both a unique password and username. If they get access to a device, which you might consider insignificant (such as a connected machine for making coffee) hackers can access everything on your network.
Continue to Update Your Devices
There is no better way to be sure that firmware and software of your devices are not vulnerable than to keep them updated. Software companies release updates to help fix issues or plug holes in security. Therefore even if getting the notification is a tad annoying, you should not ignore updates when these become available. You should install them immediately (or confirm that your IoT products are configured to update in an automatic way).
Disconnect Unused Devices
If you feel that you have not been using a connected device, like ‘smart fork’ for instance, that much, disconnect it. Turning devices from online to offline when you are not using these, can help reduce the ‘attack surface’. The term ‘attack surface’ refers to the total of the various points where the hacker can attempt to input or extract data.
Avoid Dumping Your Old Devices
If you are not using a gadget and choose to dump it, then do not just throw it into the recycle bin. You should not chuck desktop computers, mobiles and laptops in it anyhow, and IoT gadgets are also no exception. Hackers can discover smart things in rubbish containers and can learn information regarding you. Old smart bulbs can also reveal plenty of personal information when these are infiltrated.
So, check your device manufacturer website for ways to remove your data from it. Be sure to follow any kind of procedure they suggest before dumping your old IoT devices.