Beware Internet of Things devices!

joomla support coach trainer cheshire manchester merseyside ukDid you receive an Internet of Things or IoT gadget in your stocking this Xmas?

If you did then I recommend that you read what Professor Alan Woodward of the Department of Computing at the University of Surrey wrote in a recent BBC Technology News feature. Source: BBC Technology News 21 December 2016.

Lawrence Jones, CEO of UKFast and cyber security consultancy Secarma, also stated in a recent press release that:

"the internet of things offers new opportunities to attackers as the network of connected devices grows. These devices – kettles, fridges, baby monitors, etc – are often not as tightly secured as our PCs, phones and laptops." Source: UK Fast Press Release.

Your use of an IoT device could form the weak link which leads to a breach of your security, whether you work from home, an office or both.

So now seems like as good a time as any to focus on best practice when using IoT devices.


Questions to ask before using an IoT device

If you received an IoT device this Xmas or have just bought one, ask the following questions before using it.

  1. Do you really need it?
  2. Is the device's software supported by regular updates?
  3. Is it possible to change the default username & password?

If the answer to (3) above is NO then perhaps you should follow Professor Alan Woodward's advice (see above link) and not use it.


Things to remember when you start using an IoT device

  1. Change the default username & password right at the outset.
  2. Regularly check for updates.
  3. Think carefully before enabling a "port forward" to permit remote login to your device.

Using a weak username and password will make your device vulnerable to hackers who will also be able to access it.

If when they do the IoT device is connected to your network and/or other devices you use for work, the hackers will be able to access these too!

 

Matthew 7:3

If you use an IoT device and ignore the above advice then should your computer and website be subsequently hacked, ask yourself:

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?" Source: Matthew 7:3.

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