Even though IoT devices are vulnerable to hacks, there's no reason not to use them; you only need to learn how to do it securely:
- Don’t connect every one of your IoT devices, unless you need to. Not all of these gadgets need to have constant access to the internet. Disconnect them when not in use, as that's the best way to keep them and yourself safe from hacks.
- Make sure that your vulnerable IoT devices are password-protected or have the authentication feature enabled and that they only have the access they need to function.
- Never omit to install updates, especially the security updates.
- If your Wi-Fi router permits it, create a separate guest network to which you can connect your IoT devices, keeping them isolated from the rest of your vital connected devices.
- Turn off the universal plug and play function or UPnP. It allows for devices to automatically discover each other, which is very convenient but poses unnecessary risks.
- Almost all IoT devices have all of their features turned on when you take them out of the box, but that only means there are more ways for cybercriminals to hack them. Turn off all features you are not going to use.
Finally, we hope next year you'll get the chance to select securely your connected gifts by looking at their labels. If you want to know more, feel free to reach out to us.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Safe New Year !