5 Tips for Securing Your Smart Devices and IoT Devices

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When you lead a busy lifestyle, anything that you can do to make it that little bit easier and more convenient can be a godsend. That is why kitting your home out with the latest Internet of Things (IoT) devices can be a tempting prospect.

After all, wouldn’t you like to be able to check up on the dog whilst you’re away from home or see who’s ringing your doorbell? If it’s a cold caller then you can see this and simply ignore them, however, if it’s the postman you can tell him to leave your package in a designated safe space.

Let’s look at how to keep your network of IoT devices safe.

The Internet of Things Is Growing Rapidly

Smart Home devices you might have

Well, the thing is, you can do all of this and more with devices that are currently available. Heating your home, controlling the lights, turning on the oven and starting up your washing machine can all be done remotely from your phone or computer when you aren’t there.

This is known as the Internet of Things and it is growing rapidly, spurred on by a culture that demands digital connectivity and smart devices that can be applied to all areas of life.

Whilst this level of connectivity is great, there are some major drawbacks that you need to be aware of. Without proper management and security, your smart home full of connected IoT devices can become a living nightmare if it is targeted by hackers.

Many people naturally don’t realize just how vulnerable they can be when making the most of the IoT.

There are several security and privacy risks that pose a serious threat. Any device that shares a wireless network is inherently at risk of a security breach. When somebody gains access to your smart devices, they can harvest your data and manipulate them. With some smart home devices—e.g. cameras and ovens—this is downright dangerous. Luckily, there are plenty of security measures you can take to secure your IoT devices.

5 Ways to Secure Your Family of IoT Devices

If you haven’t done any of these things yet or haven’t at least checked your devices over to ensure they meet the following points, then you should do so right away if you use a lot of smart devices.

1. Start With Your Router

Your router is the ‘front door’ to your smart home. Just like your physical front door, your router’s front door should be secured with solid locks. You never know who’s going to come knocking.

A secure smart home, therefore, starts with your router. It is the hub that connects all your devices to the IoT and enables them to operate. Most people use the router that their ISP provided them with, however, it’s always best to invest in a router that is better and offers a higher degree of security as standard.

There is nothing wrong with using the router your ISP provided, but it’s not going to be massively secure.

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