Smart devices need smart security

As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to emerge, the stakes are high for ensuring that all apps, devices and wireless networks in your home are secure. From thermostats to doorbells, many in-home appliances can now connect to the internet, meaning that there’s also the risk of them becoming infected by malware or otherwise attacked. Make sure that none of your Wi-Fi routers still use factory default logins and that none of them are reliant on outdated security protocols like WEP. Also, periodically review the smart home apps you have installed on your phone or tablet and make sure you have antivirus software installed. These programs may require extensive permissions to communicate with your other devices and send data to servers, which can be potentially risky. Check on what actions they can perform and whether you still need or trust them.