Recently I have read a few articles regarding the safety concerns of connected devices. These articles usually have very jaw dropping headlines making disastrous claims regarding the safety of the devices being used. To not oversell the safety concern while also not undermining it I thought a brief post regarding the most common safety threats as well as the best way to mitigate them was in order.
Most of the security concerns regarding IoT including, people hacking into these devices and the risk of sensitive data being leaked, can be mitigated with a simple safety measure. Using a different Wi-Fi network for your connected devices will make it significantly harder for hackers to gain access to your devices and data. Most modern modems come with Wi-Fi settings as is, a 2.4 GHz and a 5 GHz, using one of these specifically for IoT devices and one for all personal use devices such as phones, tablets, computers, etc. adds a huge hurdle that most hackers won’t be able to overcome. If your does not come with this option standard you can also purchase an extra router create a separate network for your devices.
Having a separate network is extremely beneficial in terms of protecting yourself from unwanted intruders messing with your sensitive data or your devices but its use can be all for waste a proper password isn’t set for the network. This may sound very self-explanatory but most hackers are able to get into people network because the password is easily guessable or hasn’t been changes from the factory preset one.
Having a different network for your connected devices, ensuring the password is secure for that network, and not sharing that network with anyone including guests will prevent the majority of potential hackers from being able to gain access. Let us know if we missed anything or if you have any other recommendations for protecting your privacy!