When you use an internet of things (IOT) device, you can enjoy the convenience and ease of use. But did you know that you have to secure your network, data and devices to make sure they are secure? Security issues have already arisen and IT managers are worried that this trend will continue.
Keep Your Devices Connected Only When You Need Them to Be
Decide how you need to use your device. If your refrigerator can go online, you still might not want to connect it to the internet. Look at the features of each IoT device and weigh the pros and cons of connecting the device.
Keep Your IoT Devices on a Guest Network
If your router supports a guest network that allows visitors to connect to your network without the right to access your devices of shared files, set up this network and keep your IoT devices on it because their security is shaky.
Choose Complex Passwords, and Choose a Different Password for Each IoT Device
Always pick a complex password for every device you own, and make it unique to each device. This goes for Internet of Things devices too. This is because if a cyber criminal manages to snag one of your passwords, they will try to use this password on other devices, Use LastPass to keep track of all of your passwords and ensure they are complex enough.
Switch off UPnP (Universal Plug and Play)
UPnP can put printers, cameras, routers and other devices at risk of getting hacked. This service is designed to make it easier for devices to connect by allowing them to automatically discover each other. Although this is convenient, cyber criminals can discover them from outside of your local network. It’s a good idea to turn off Universal Plug and Play.
Update Your IoT Device’s Firmware
Ensure you have the latest patches to reduce the chances that your devices will be attacked. Keep your firmware updated at all times. Vulnerabilities will be fixed as they are discovered, so check your IoT devices and your router for updates regularly. If you have trouble remembering to do this, you can set reminders once a month on your phone and laptop to check for updates.
Be Cautious of the Cloud
Don’t Bring Your Devices to Work
Wearables present a number of security concerns, so it is best not to take your IoT devices to the workplace. If you own a business or work as network security personnel there, you should prevent personal IoT devices from connecting to the work network, or limit them to a guest network.
Keep Track of Your IoT Devices
You should track everything that connects to your network and keep an eye on the flow of traffic. Assess each IoT device you have to figure out the amount of access they should have. Limit them to the least amount of access. When you monitor the network, look for unknown devices. When you understand which devices are connected and what they are doing, you are taking steps to improve your network security.
Use Good Habits
Employ the usage of a firewall, keep everything updated, and try to avoid phishing scams. If you can, use an additional layer of password protection.
Make Sure You Are Purchasing Devices from Reputable Manufacturers
While purchasing an IoT device from a lesser known company might be cheaper, buying a device from a seller with a good reputation is more secure. If the company is reputable, it’s more likely to have the newest security features in place. You’ll save when it comes to peace of mind.
Secure the Network
Ensure your router has a good password, and tighten up network security as much as possible so you don’t send out information unknowingly. Don’t give your network password out, and change your network password regularly.
Use a Virtual Private Network
Privacy is a Right Not a Privilege
Remember to keep your devices secure to protect your privacy. It’s always better to take preventative measures than to deal with an attack after the fact.