Internet of Things. Is Using Them All Smart or Not?

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It may have started innocently with the purchase of a smallish round vacuum cleaner that seemed to call itself to life while you were at work to sweep up the breakfast cereal from the kitchen floor. It was followed by the Christmas gift of a “smart” device and a software application where you could ask it to tell you tomorrow’s weather or play your favorite music. Then the smart thermostat, the smart water meter, and its friend the smart doorbell where you can see and talk to the person at the door via the app on your smart phone while you are busy elsewhere.  Is this wi-fi, blue tooth lifestyle smart for you or not?  What is s.m.a.r.t, anyway?

 

S.M.A.R.T. is actually an acronym that stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology The term “smart” in “smart devices” refers to the fact that these devices are connected to the internet and can be controlled remotely through a mobile app or virtual assistant like SIRI, Alexa or Google Assistant. IOT stands for Internet of Things. Smart or Not to I.O.T

Talking About Security Risks

Smart devices in your home can pose a variety of security and privacy risks. A recent study by an international team of researchers1 has revealed that smart home IoT devices and mobile apps can pose a variety of security and privacy threats. The study found that smart home devices can allow companies to learn what devices are in your home, know when you are home, and learn where your home is. These behaviors are generally not disclosed to consumers, and there is a need for better privacy protections in the home.

Some of the most common security risks associated with smart devices include:

Identity theft: Hackers can gain unauthorized access to your personal information through smart devices and use it for identity theft.

Spying and monitoring: Smart home devices such as security cameras and smart speakers can be hacked to spy on you and monitor your activities.

Data breaches: Smart devices can be hacked to steal sensitive data such as credit card information, passwords, and other personal information.

Malware: Smart devices can be infected with malware that can cause them to malfunction or be used for malicious purposes.

 

 

To mitigate these risks, it is important to take steps such as these:

  1. Change default passwords: Always change the default passwords on your smart devices to something more secure2.
  2. Keep software up to date: Keep the software on your smart devices up to date to ensure that any security vulnerabilities are patched.
  3. Limit access: Limit the number of people who have access to your smart devices and ensure that they are trustworthy.
  4. Use a VPN: Use a virtual private network (VPN) to encrypt your internet traffic and protect your privacy.

 

In summary: The proliferation of smart devices, encompassing everything from vacuum cleaners to thermostats, has undoubtedly transformed modern living. However, the convenience they offer comes with potential security and privacy risks. The term "smart" denotes devices connected to the internet, controllable remotely through apps or virtual assistants like Siri or Alexa. These Internet of Things (IoT) devices can inadvertently expose sensitive information to hackers, leading to identity theft, spying, data breaches, and malware infections. To safeguard against these risks, it's crucial to change default passwords, keep software updated, limit access to trusted individuals, and use a virtual private network (VPN) for added encryption and privacy protection. As we embrace the benefits of IoT, it's essential to remain vigilant about safeguarding our digital lives.

 

Author: Margaret S Ross, the Visible-Strategies Agency Group and founder Kamaron Institute. Article is written by a human. 100% probability.

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