Best Practices to Keep Your Internet of Things (IoT) Devices Safe
Samita Nayak

Source: Protech Insights

The world has undergone significant changes recently, particularly when it comes to interconnectivity. However, one key factor that has acted as a catalyst behind this transformation is the Internet of Things (IoT).

IoT has reshaped our daily lives, by turning everyday objects, like light bulbs and refrigerators, to “smart” devices, making them capable of communication and data exchange. While this technological advancement has brought convenience and efficiency, it has also opened the door to many cybersecurity challenges.

Let’s take a look into the potential risks associated with IoT devices and learn how to implement strategies that can enhance security, be it for your home or office.

Understanding the IoT Device Vulnerabilities

As IoT devices are often complex, they are more vulnerable to hacking. Cybercriminals exploit these vulnerabilities to carry out privacy breaches, safety hazards, and service attacks. In order to overcome it, the first thing you need to do is understand what an “attack surface” is.

What Is an Attack Surface?

The attack surface is nothing but the sum of all the points that an unauthorized user employs to get access or extract information from an IoT system. This surface is usually vast as IoT devices have numerous connectivity points, making it an easy target for hackers.

Measures to Secure Your Home IoT Devices

  1. Default Credentials: Changing default usernames and passwords is a must as hackers can easily guess or discover them online.
  2. Separate Network: You must isolate your IoT devices by building separate networks. This will ensure that if one of your IoT devices gets compromised, your other devices remain secure.
  3. Software Update: Regularly updating the software of your IoT devices will help you detect vulnerabilities so that you can keep them safe.
  4. Unnecessary Functions: You may not need all the features that your IoT devices possess. So, disable the unnecessary functions to reduce the potential entry points for hackers.
  5. Device Turn Off: When you are not using your IoT devices, it’s better to turn it off. This is an overlooked step but can significantly reduce the risk of attacks.

Measures to Secure Your Office Environment

  1. IoT Policies: Establishing clear policies for the use of IoT devices is crucial for office settings. These policies may include acceptable use, security requirements, and reporting procedures for any suspicious activity.
  2. User Training: Make sure that your employees understand the risks associated with IoT devices and the importance of sticking to established policies. A knowledgeable user is always the first line of defense.
  3. Security Controls: Activate the built-in security controls of your IoT devices to prevent unauthorized access and detect potential threats.
  4. Device Discovery Tools: Use discovery tools to discover new devices automatically on your network. This will ensure that all devices are accounted for and secured.
  5. Regular Audits: Carry out regular audits to implement security measures in the office and identify potential vulnerabilities before they are exploited.

We hope that this blog was helpful in offering you meaningful insights regarding IoT device safety. Follow the steps discussed here and you’ll create a safer IoT environment both at your home and in the office. Stay secure and embrace the IoT revolution responsibly.

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