Internet of things (IoT) devices are becoming more popular among users because they let people control devices remotely. For example, IoT enables control of lights, thermostats, digital locks, and home appliances, etc., from afar. This helps improve home security. Additionally, smart devices are also part of this ecosystem through which we control IoT devices mentioned previously. However, these devices are prone to security lapses which make them easy targets for cybercrimes. Shared below are tips to ensure IoT cybersecurity so that these devices do not get hacked easily.
Change The Default Setting Of The Router
The preliminary step when you begin using any router is to change the default name and set a new password. This makes it difficult for people to access the device and makes them less prone to hacking. When creating a password, make sure to use a combination of numbers, alphabets, and symbols that are not correlated. As a rule of thumb, the more uncommon the name the more difficult it will be to crack it.
Create Strong Passwords
Creating strong passwords for the router is the other important step to secure the IoT devices. This reduces the risk of being hacked. It is always recommended to create a strong, elaborate, and complex password to protect the IoT ecosystem. As stated earlier, use a combination of numbers, alphabets both upper and lower cases, and symbols to create a strong password. Ensure that the password is long enough, and avoid using any kind of personal information. One common mistake people often make is that they use the same passwords for multiple accounts, and this must be avoided.
Update IoT Devices
Updating device software is the key to IoT device security, and it ensures that there aren’t any security flaws. It applies to all the devices using a Wi-Fi network, including the antivirus and antimalware software of laptops or smartphones. If one of the IoT devices is compromised, it can compromise the whole ecosystem. Also, keep in mind that hackers or cybercriminals are always improving their game.
Two Factor Authentication
The two-factor authentication that we employ for emails or banking transactions can be used for IoT cybersecurity. The advantage of this method is that it enables you to be in control of who gets to access the IoT ecosystem. If anyone accesses the network, you will be notified immediately to grand further access.
We hope that the tips shared above will ensure IoT device securityand protect them from hacking.