5 Tips To Tackle I0T Linked Security Threats
If you are purchasing an IoT device such as smart wearable device, smart watches or fitness trackers,then you must be aware that the data you would be generating on your IoT device might be susceptible to security threats. Here is how to tackle it…
In a recent report by Symantec named, ‘How safe is your quantified self,’ it was revealed that most of the wearable devices – such as sports activity trackers can be monitored or located by hackers through wireless protocol transmission.The report also highlighted that any of the apps and services within IoT devices can potentially transmit user-generated data – including login credentials through unsecure medium such as the internet, without any attempt to protect it through encryption.This means that the data could be easily intercepted and exploited by an attacker.Depending on the sensitivity of the data held within the IoT devices, the implications for users could range from something as inconsequential as how many glasses of water you drank today to something more serious such as your current location.
On how consumers can tackle such IoT related security challenges Jagdish Mahapatra, managing director for India and SAARC at McAfee, part of Intel Security, shared few basic security measures to implement:
1. Update your software: Smart TVs, gaming consoles and other Internet connected home devices are fresh to the market and because of that many companies are still working out security kinks. When an update is offered, run it. The new version may include patches to close up the recently discovered security holes.
2. Protect with a password: It may sound obvious, but it’s important to continue to use basic security tools such as passwords on your IoT devices. It also helps to frequently update your passwords and use the two-step verification on devices that allow you to do so.
3. Browse with caution: Smart devices aren’t immune to viruses, malware and botnets. When using Internet-connected gaming consoles and televisions, browse the web with caution -don’t click on links from unknown senders and ignore any attempt to lure you with the promise of a deal that seems “too good to be true.”
4. Do your research: Prior to purchasing a new smart device, be sure to investigate the company security policy and ease with which the product can be updated. If you have any doubts about the security of the device,consider contacting the manufacturer for additional clarification.
5. Secure your mobile devices: Smart devices are often controlled by our mobile phones and tablets, so protecting these controllers will help ensure that your smart devices won’t get compromised.