According to the American IT research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc. more than five million devices are added to the internet every day. We’re rapidly moving towards having more than twenty billion devices connected by the end of the decade. It is not surprising since everything from phones and laptops to home lighting and baby monitors has a connection to the internet.
Home Network Security for IoT
No matter what type of device, and how you use it, the whole system is a computer connected to a network. All these appliances, from dishwashers, coffee machines need to be treated with as much security as a server hosting emails or the database server storing social security information. Leaving a network and consequently, the device unprotected is like leaving your back door unlocked.
Six Internet of Things Security Solutions
All your digital information fed into the device or available through the network is vulnerable to theft. There are endless debates about privacy and cybersecurity, even very secure home networks can be hacked.
Let’s look at six easy steps to secure your home network.
Only Connect Required Devices
- The best thing to do is disconnect the internet connection of any device that doesn’t absolutely require access. A fridge or television doesn’t need the internet for its primary functions. It is a matter of convenience to be able to control such appliances while you are at work or on your way home. You don’t need them permanently connected to the internet.
Consider Creating a Separate LAN for IoT Appliances
- Always have your home network separated from your IoT devices. Even if you allow your friends and colleagues access your wireless network, they can do so through an isolated guest network, which provides limited access to networked devices and shared files. Modern routers have a Guest function as their default setup.
Use Secure Passwords
- Never use the same password for multiple devices. Choosing one password is easy for your recollection, but it also makes it effortlessly easy for hackers and cybercriminals to access all your devices with just one cracked code. It is needless to mention that you should always opt for the most robust and unpredictable passwords.
Use Care With Unneeded Communication Protocols
- Do not turn on universal plug and play. Many people find it utterly convenient to have printers, routers, cameras and many such devices of regular use to be easily found by similar devices. Whether it is Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, turn off all universal plug and play features. Ease of access will enhance the convenience of hackers.
Keep Devices Up To Date
- Always have the latest firmware, use the best antivirus, antimalware and antispyware programs, update your networks and related systems whenever a new software patch is available, make necessary changes to the hardware to enhance security and review your entire network security apparatus from time to time.
Be Aware of Privacy
- Try to limit the use of cloud services. Convenience should not be the only decisive factor. Privacy and data security should be of paramount significance. Don’t upload data to the cloud that doesn’t need to be online. Cloud services are secured, but the network between may not be. Blaming the possessor of information is simple. For most hacking reports, it was the exchange of information which was compromised. Not every network has impeccable encryption.