We often hear about how challenging IoT security can be to stay on top of. There is a school of thought though, that sometimes the easiest way can also be the smartest way. In many cases, by following five rudimentary IoT security steps, we can avoid or pre empt most IoT end point device breaches. The article below outlines these five basic steps with more helpful detail that can serve as IoT security best practices.
Internet of Things (IoT) devices make our lives more efficient and our day-to-day more convenient. They allow us to monitor our homes from afar, control our lights, thermostats, and locks and beef up the security of our homes—among a host of other things. But because smart devices have become so integrated into our lives, they leave us vulnerable to cybercrime too.
In general, IoT devices have little to no built-in security, making them top targets for hackers. And since most IoT devices are interconnected, it puts your whole suite of devices at risk if even one gets hacked. Just as you lock your front door before you go to bed, you’ll want to make sure your IoT devices are secure beforeyou start using them.
Here are five ways you to secure your IoT devices:
- Change your router’s default settings
- Use strong passwords
- Update your device routinely
- Enable two-factor authentication
- Disable UPnP features