5 Tips to Safeguard your Personal Data When Using IoT
The theft of personal data is big business for criminals in the modern day and the weaknesses that can exist in home automation setups – namely IoT devices – are being targeted more and more by those looking to rob you blind.
As devices become ever more sophisticated, so do the thieves, so it’s important that you take steps to close off any potential avenues that might be used to gain access to your personal data. In this blog, we take a look at just a few of the measures you can implement to keep your data secure.
Tip 1 – Always Update Your Firmware
Perhaps the most important thing you can do for your IoT security is to make sure that the firmware for all of your connected devices is up to date. Updates aren’t just provided to annoy the user, rather they have been created to address any new potential security threats, so if you don’t update yours, you won’t get this extra protection. It’s important that you download the update from a reputable source, such as the the manufacturer’s site or you can’t be sure of what you’re getting.
Tip 2 – Make Sure You Set Passwords
Often, people forget to set secure passwords for their IoT devices, preferring to stick with the default password set at the factory. Left like this, your network is accessible to anyone with a list of default manufacturer passwords – meaning pretty much everyone. Once your device is installed onto your network, be sure to change your password to one that’s unique to you and one that would be hard to work out. A mixture of numbers, symbols and letters is always best!
Tip 3 – Consider Security When Buying IoT
Whether investing in smartphone accessories, earphones or any other IoT device, you need to assess what they represent in terms of network vulnerability. Does the device you’re considering buying comply with current encryption standards and what do the customer reviews say about the product? Your network is only as strong as its weakest link, so you need to ensure that all of your links are strong.
Tip 4 – Disable Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)
There are devices on the market that use the UPnP function to auto-open required ports to the outside web, which does make things much easier in terms of operation. However, this function is one that’s known to be hugely vulnerable to cybercriminals and it’s been exploited innumerable times to date. If any device you buy has UPnP, be sure to disable it or you could end up counting the cost.
Tip 5 – Make Sure Your Main Network is Secure
Finally, it always pays to have a back up option, which is why making sure that your main network is secure and protected is so important. For example, having a strong firewall in place is a way to ensure that even if a hacker sneaks onto your network, your most sensitive data is still protected from their grasp.
The threats that exist online are very real, as anyone who’s had their personal data stolen will tell you. Fail to take the necessary steps to secure yours and you open yourself up to being raided and even having your identity stolen and used illegally. Compared to that scenario, the steps listed here are minimal in terms of inconvenience.
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