Are You Being Smart Enough With Your Smart Devices?
Smart devices are increasingly making their way into our homes. But are they safe?
As per technopedia.com, a smart device, as the name suggests, is an electronic gadget that is able to connect, share and interact with its user and other smart devices. Although usually small in size, smart devices typically have the computing power of a few gigabytes.
Smart Internet-connected devices are also referred to as the Internet of Things, or IoT and considered amongst technology experts to be a security nightmare.
Within each WiFi-capable webcam, thermostat and baby monitor is a tiny computer. However, unlike a laptop or smartphone, many of these smart devices have been found notoriously insecure.
The trouble is, without adequate network protection, the smart devices in your home can be recruited to basically do the opposite of what they were intended to do, keeping you safe and provide peace of mind.
You must be aware that IP devices are exploitable and have in fact been used to stage some major cyber-attacks.
Pinterest, Twitter, PayPal, and Spotify were among numerous popular sites made inaccessible last October after hundreds of thousands of connected devices were exploited to overwhelm Dyn, a domain service provider, to essentially shut down, taking down the sites it serves.
The biggest problem is that we don't change our passwords. Default passwords are too easily hackable.
You need to be smart and pro-active to prevent your smart devices from becoming an Entry Point into your home by unwanted Hackers.
Home Instead Senior Care just posted a great blog 6 Cyber Security Tips for Older Adults. Really great tips on cyber safety not just for older adults!
Perhaps we should ask ourselves, is it such a smart idea to have your baby monitor contactable from outside your home?
Let's be smart with our smart devices!
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