When you think about the risks of hacking, what’s the first thing that springs to mind? Could your computer be taken over by nameless cyber criminals?
In fact, there is also a risk that anything connected to a network could be hacked, including the fitness tracker on your wrist and smart home devices. Tap or click here to find out which Internet of Things devices are at high risk for cyberattacks.
Cybersecurity researchers have long warned that many smart devices are vulnerable. Now a new report says that in fact, millions of devices could potentially be hacked, many of which may be in your home.
The U. . S.. . Cybersecurity The & Infrastructure Security Agency just released a bulletin on a new report from cybersecurity company Forescout. In this report, researchers identified millions of smart devices with software vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers. And all you need is a compromised device to affect everything on your home network.
Worse? The faulty devices were published by around 150 different manufacturers, although none of the companies were named in the report. The product range extends from smart plugs with Wi-Fi connections to printers and routers. Some health-related devices and components of industrial control systems are also at risk.
Many of these devices are geared towards business needs. However, the most common consumer technology carries a high risk that remote temperature sensors and cameras will be compromised.
If your home network is compromised, it can create major problems for your household. We have already seen scenarios where surveillance cameras have been hacked and controlled by cyber criminals.
If your smart plugs or other devices are hacked, you can deal with all sorts of scenarios: personal information or identity theft, ransomware, malware, botnets or other negative consequences. The worst case scenario would be that the hackers get public control systems that provide water, electricity, and other vital services to the public.
Fortunately, there is currently no evidence that the bugs in the software caused any real problems. Even so, the problem is so great that it warrants a warning from CISA to ensure that all smart devices in your home are secured.
Given the potential security vulnerabilities, you need to protect your smart devices from hackers. But how do you do that
Keep track of all updates that have been released for your device and not just for your computer and smartphone. Check your modem and router, as well as other sensitive technology such as security cameras and printers.
Patches for bugs are provided as part of these updates, and you shouldn’t assume that all of your gadgets will automatically get them. Check for software and firmware weekly. If a new update comes out, don’t wait.
If you have older technology that no longer receives regular updates, it is advisable to upgrade to a modern version.
You should also make some changes to your router settings to keep your devices safe. For more information on securing your router and tweaking its settings, tap or click here.
Check regularly which devices are connected to your WiFi. If you monitor the WLAN for unknown devices, you protect your network preventively against intruders. Â Tap or click here to see how to check all the devices on your Wi-Fi network.
Set up a separate network just for your smart devices. This will separate your smart devices from other devices on your network such as your computer or smartphone. That way, if a device is compromised, a hacker won’t have access to anything else.
This is general advice, but it is important to note. You should use difficult passwords that your technical and online accounts cannot easily guess, and always make sure you use a unique password for each one. This will reduce the chances of you being hacked on multiple devices if one of the passwords is compromised. Tap or click here to create stronger passwords.
Don’t just rely on passwords and use two-factor authentication on any device or account with this option. Tap or click here to learn more about using 2FA as an additional layer of protection.
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Computer Security, Internet of Things, Vulnerability, Internet Protocol Suite, Forescout Technologies
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