10 Smart Ways to Secure Your Smart Devices against Hacks

February 28th, 2019 by blogadmin Leave a reply »

“Smart” devices are beginning to dominate the market due to their ease of use, intuitive designs and scale of application. Many homes today are filled with interconnected devices, from phones and tablets to security systems and kitchen appliances. With so much ease of connectivity, though, also comes vulnerability.

So what should consumers know about Internet of Things (IoT) cyber security to help protect their devices from being hacked? How can they proactively prevent potential hacking? To help answer those questions, 10 members of Forbes Technology Council share their best methods for protecting smart devices.

  1. Connect IoT Devices to a Guest Network

Many consumer Wi-Fi access points support separate guest networks. Keep your desktop PCs, laptops, smartphones, network-attached storage and printer on your private network. Then, connect all of your IoT devices to your guest network to isolate them from your private network. This action also provides a single chokepoint on which to disable internet access should any devices get hacked. – Steve Pao, Hillwork, LLC

  1. Limit the Information You Provide

Consumers don’t realize that in the fine print of many “I agree” consents is the ability for those services to sell or give away information to third parties. Of course, we want the benefits of smart devices, but only give the bare minimum of information and have secure passwords to limit vulnerability. A form may ask for your address and date of birth, but if not asterisked, it is not needed. – Arnie Gordon, Arlyn Scales

  1. Don’t Ignore Updates

New IoT device vulnerabilities are uncovered literally every day. However, most of us ignore seemingly bothersome update prompts from our devices: it often feels easier to just click the “remind me later” option. Nevertheless, updates are important to get the latest vulnerability patches. Known vulnerabilities are easy targets for hackers, so make sure to take updates as soon as they are available. – Paul Lipman, BullGuard

  1. Use Multiple Authentication Layers

Use multiple authentication layers on the main network hub for the devices as well as for each device. It’s important to put up as many barriers as possible so hackers will look elsewhere. – Jon Bradshaw, Calendar

  1. Don’t Use Default Settings

Security is a critical factor in today’s information technology environment. One of the key components in making at-home IoT devices secure is to change any default usernames and passwords on the router in conjunction with a guest network setup. The router is the first line of defense and must not contain any default settings, as this leaves the door open for opportunistic hackers. – Maria Clemens, Management and Network Services, LLC

  1. Turn off Vampire Features

IoT devices in your home often come with a wide variety of optional “vampire” features sucking resources and increasing risk. In many cases, these features are turned on by default and you might not know it. Not only can these features have a negative impact on bandwidth, but they can potentially lead to security and privacy risks. Turn off what you don’t need. Harden your IoT devices. – Brian Contos, Verodin Inc.

  1. Secure the Perimeter

Most IoT devices do not have embedded security. Security is not a priority for device manufacturers. As a consumer, the best thing you can do is secure the perimeter of your home network. You can reduce your risk by securing and encrypting your wireless network, removing guest account access on your router and using strong passwords. Also consider creating a separate network to isolate IoT devices. – Frank Palermo, Virtusa

  1. Do Your Research

It’s important to take basic precautions such as keeping your passwords private, changing them often and using tool sets that enable you to choose a strong password. Make sure that the devices you’re purchasing are secured by the manufacturer. Before buying, do quick research to see if devices have gone through security testing or if there are stories about how easy the devices are to hack. – Marc Fischer, Dogtown Media LLC

  1. Treat Security as A Process

The IoT asks that consumers be as vigilant in protecting their devices and data as their most diligent corporate counterparts. Put bluntly, don’t do stupid stuff. In cyber security terms, don’t leave your doors unlocked. Select tough passwords and change them often. Don’t poach your neighbor’s Wi-Fi network. Read the manual (seriously). Treat security as a process, not an event. – Adam Stern, Infinitely Virtual

  1. Don’t Let Convenience Make You Forget Security

We worked on both sides of the story: in a security software company and in a company creating a wearable/IoT device for consumers. In the personal experience and through watching friends and family using IoT devices we saw one concerning pattern repeating itself over and over again: Convenience won over security—as soon as a device provided a lot of value, security got forgotten. – Eric Trabold, Nexkey, Inc.

Source: All the above opinions are personal perspective on the basis of information provided by Forbes and contributor Expert Panel, Forbes technology Council.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2019/02/25/10-smart-ways-to-secure-your-smart-devices-against-hacks/#4327187466e3

 

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