The Internet of Things (IoT) is a growing trend of connecting traditionally
non-digital items (“things” like
thermostats) to the Internet so that you can monitor and control them
remotely. While it’s a quick and easy solution to monitor your “things” from
something like a smartphone app, there are also security features that you need
to research prior to investing in any Internet-enabled device.
Identify IoT devices that come with built-in security features. This means
ensuring that the device’s software is compatible with your home network,
requires a username and strong,
alpha-numeric password and has firewalls to prevent hackers from
accessing your home network using your Internet-enabled device. Additionally,
you should look into how, if at all, the device’s manufacturer will have access
to any personal data collected by your device.
Lockdown your home’s Internet connection. Enable WPA2 Encryption and regularly
check that your router and IoT operating systems are up-to-date, in addition to
monitoring your computer’s anti-virus software. You can
learn all about WPA2 Encryption here.
As always, just as technology is constantly changing, so will the variety and
security of IoT-enabled things. Be sure to stay on top of the latest updates
and changes with your IoT devices!