Internet of Things has making a really huge step in this year. It has been growing into a technology where people can connected into things. With Internet of Things, People will be enable to connect with everything. They will be able to turn on the light without having to touch the switch, make a coffee before you arrive at your kitchen, even unlock the door before you arrive to home. Internet of Things is magic.
This technology of smart devices that can communicate with owners is spotlight on this year, but they’re also prime targets for hackers. The bad news is: An estimated 70 percent of “Internet of Things” items contain major vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers, according to a report released in July by Hewlett Packard’s Fortify on Demand.
Robert Siciliano, a McAfee identity theft expert, said “Before plugging in any connected item, users need to make sure their main devices are secure. That means updated anti-virus and anti-phishing software, running a sweep using spyware and making sure the device has all of the latest patches and updates.”
It’s key the main device has a clean bill of health before a new peripheral device is plugged in, according to Siciliano.
“These devices could all be infected already out of the box,” he said.
Siciliano recommends conducting an anti-virus scan to see if there are any issues, once the devices are plugged in.
“If you’re functioning in a wireless environment that isn’t properly protected then bad guys can get in through the actual device you just connected,” Siciliano said.
“Any external peripheral that you have the ability to change the default password, do so,” Siciliano said.
He also advises consumers to register their devices with the manufacturer and to hold onto the box for at least three to six months in case their are any issues.
It’s expected the “Internet of Things” will swell to as many as 26 billion devices by 2020, according to a forecast by Gartner, a technology research firm, making it more important than ever for users to be smart about their security.