10 Smart Ways To Secure Your Smart Devices Against Hacks
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“Smart” devices are beginning to dominate the market due to their ease of use, intuitive designs and scale of application. Many homes today are filled with interconnected devices, from phones and tablets to security systems and kitchen appliances. With so much ease of connectivity, though, also comes vulnerability.
So what should consumers know about Internet of Things (IoT) cybersecurity to help protect their devices from being hacked? How can they proactively prevent potential hacking? To help answer those questions, 10 members of Forbes Technology Council share their best methods for protecting smart devices.
1. Connect IoT Devices To A Guest Network
Many consumer Wi-Fi access points support separate guest networks. Keep your desktop PCs, laptops, smartphones, network-attached storage and printer on your private network. Then, connect all of your IoT devices to your guest network to isolate them from your private network. This action also provides a single chokepoint on which to disable internet access should any devices get hacked. – Steve Pao, Hillwork, LLC
2. Limit The Information You Provide
Consumers don’t realize that in the fine print of many “I agree” consents is the ability for those services to sell or give away information to third parties. Of course, we want the benefits of smart devices, but only give the bare minimum of information and have secure passwords to limit vulnerability. A form may ask for your address and date of birth, but if not asterisked, it is not needed. – Arnie Gordon, Arlyn Scales
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