How to Stay Secure When Using the Internet of Things Devices

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Internet of Things (IoT) devices have become a way for people to function in their everyday lives. Our vehicles can now parallel park for us, our smartwatches record our steps and heartbeat, and we can lock the doors to our house using an app on our mobile phones.

What people may not realize is the technology that goes into creating these devices and why it is necessary to be cyber smart when using them. There are currently almost 7 billion internet-connected devices in the world according to IoT Analytics. If consumers don’t use these devices responsibly, the potential security risks will outweigh the benefits.

What Is IoT and How Does It Work?

On a basic level, Internet of Things devices are electronics that connect to the internet. As a concept, the IoT connects appliances, vehicles, machinery, and more to form a network to send and receive data that is collected from their surroundings. Each device that is part of the IoT network has sensors, software, and actuators that allow it to connect to another device.

There are several steps involved in making IoT work, starting with the hardware. The physical objects are connected with the internet when the hardware itself senses its surroundings. The data stage is when information is collected from other devices and explains what the hardware is sensing.

Software within an IoT device analyzes and interprets the data to be able to control it and allow it to do valuable things. Of course, the most important step in IoT operation is connectivity. Without an internet connection, the devices would be unable to connect to other devices and perform the services we have come to know.

Tips for IoT Protection

Security of the devices we use is not guaranteed, especially when connecting to a Wi-Fi network or other public internet connection. With the amount of information that is transmitted between devices, all consumers should be wary of what they are allowing to be open to public access. Here are some tips for protecting your data while using IoT devices:

  • Change your passwords: Change your device’s factory security settings so it no longer uses a default password. It is best to use a lengthy password with a mixture of letters, numbers, and symbols so it is not easily guessed.
  • Manage the Security of Apps: Your mobile device could be running applications in the background that are consistently gathering information about you. Go through your apps and check what permissions you may have given them to access your data, location, or other unique information. Do not approve privilege requests that don’t seem necessary and only download apps from reputable stores like Google Play and the Apple Store.
  • Secure the Network: Secure the wireless network you use when connecting internet-enabled devices. Also, ensure your devices are updated with the latest security software and enable automatic updates for total security.

Prepare for an IoT Future

Intel states that the global market for IoT technology will reach $6.2 trillion by the year 2025. That is a massive amount of devices that will be connected and sharing data. It won’t only be for personal users either, industries like healthcare, retail, and manufacturing will take advantage of the technology to track inventory, stock shelves, and monitor the health of patients.

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