The internet of things (IoT) “is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data.” IoT promises a more convenient lifestyle and we can’t argue. Being able to start your car, open your garage door, and adjust the thermostat in your home, all from your smartphone certainly has appeal. This convenience is certainly making our busy lives a little less hectic when we can control so many things and multitask through one device. However, with this convenience comes added worry. Not only do we love the idea of the IoT, but hackers are also on board.
Connected devices are any devices that contain an IP address and can pass on information to another source. This could be anything from smart cars to a pacemaker. The more devices we have connected to the world wide web, the more we open ourselves up to potential hackers. This is especially true with the IoT. It’s such a new concept that security measures may be the last thing on anyone’s mind. Still, any device that is connected and is exchanging data needs to be secured. WiFi networks should be password protected to add another depth of security to any connected devices.
If you find yourself in the market for a new Smart TV or Smart Refrigerator, make sure that you are reading the manuals and are safeguarding yourself from potential hackers by securing your new devices. Since we are still in the beginning phases of the IoT and there is still a lot of vulnerability, the best approach will be a cautious approach when it comes to connected devices.