October 13, 2017
Smart technology is gaining ground and shifting into many areas of our lives. Just frrom 2014 to now, we have sprinkler systems that gauge the weather and determine, on their own, whether or not our lawns need to be watered or not, and a talking refrigerator that actually takes inventory of what’s inside it, and actually tells you what items you need to buy.
It’s incredibly easy to see how advanced this futuristic tech is, and is something straight out of The Jetsons. But there are downsides to having all of these smart things.
Maintenance and Cost
Startups to large companies are working on ways for these devices to talk and function with each other. Sadly, smarter devices doesn’t mean an easier life for us: these gadgets must be maintained daily, and constantly being reminded of what you need to do (by machines) could get frustrating fast. Not to mention that a lot of these devices go for hundreds (to thousands) of dollars, as a starting point.
There are approximately more than 10 million devices within the IoT space. In just three years (2020), we’re expected to have more than 30 billion IoT devices fully operational.
With that many devices in the world, it’s easy to wonder exactly how protected and safe you are. With the smart capabilities of the IoT, from cars to clothes, it seems like a cyberattack (or hack) into your home/appliances is eminent.
Fortunately, there is a list of steps you can take to ensure you aren’t the victim of cybercrime. The following list is easy to follow and practices to help keep your IoT device secure.
- Never store personal identification on your devices (name, birth date, hometown, etc.)
- Read terms of services and look for clauses that state information-collection
- Use complex passwords involving numbers, all caps and special characters (such as MEGryan;61)
- Use anti-malware (MalwareBytes) and anti-virus programs (AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, Kaspersky, etc.) on every mobile device.
Learn more about keeping your devices secure at TechCo
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