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Opt out of data sharing agreements

Some devices – especially IoT devices – give you the choice to share data with the manufacturer. This is typically for the purpose of collecting information that might improve system performance in the future. Opting out of this agreement is a good way to ensure your information is out of harm’s way if the manufacturer […]

Do your research before buying an IoT device

The Internet of Things (IoT) has introduced a lot of useful devices to the digital world, but also plenty of corresponding cybersecurity risks. Before purchasing smart devices, be sure to ask yourself if it’s absolutely necessary. Read reviews and do some digging to find out if the manufacturer has a history of data breaches or […]

Maintain an inventory list of all IoT devices on your network

This is especially critical for large, enterprise-grade organizations that might deploy many IoT devices across their infrastructure. Each and every device, whether it be a sensor or a tablet, is an endpoint that can be compromised by a hacker. In turn, they could lead straight toward more critical areas of your network and jeopardize sensitive […]

Disable unused/dormant IoT devices

With so many devices at your disposal, some might go unused for weeks, if not months, at a time. Unused IoT devices, sensors and modulators still pose a threat to your cybersecurity. As long as they remain connected to your network, hackers may still be able to use them in accessing your information. Keep an […]

Don’t buy IoT devices from unproven vendors

The IoT (Internet of Things) is always increasing. Smart devices can range from your home refrigerator to your doorbell. For every device, however, there is an entry point into your home and your network. Check the reviews of IoT products before you buy and be on the lookout for any security complaints. The more confident […]

Toss your end-of-life IoT devices

Your smart home includes a wide variety of networked “Internet of Things” devices like cameras and thermostats. Unfortunately, many of them run software and firmware with known exploits that may never be patched. It may be best to responsibly recycle – many national retailers will take them – and get newer, safer replacements when there […]