Last Update: August 6, 2017
More and more gadgets for the home are connected to the Internet for additional functionality. Refrigerators to Thermostats to Door Locks, the list is never ending. Do not forget about security. You may have created an open door for hackers, become part of an evil Botnet, or illegal activity without your knowledge.
A vulnerable webcam can give ANYONE on the Internet a view of your home. Secure these home gadgets as strongly as possible. Many can NEVER be updated, which means that you should discontinue their usage.
Wi-Fi Network Connection
Here are some general tips to secure your devices at home:
- Change the default password of the Device
- Update the device to the latest firmware available. If the company does not have a firmware update page, we would return it.
- Connect your IOT device such as a Dropcam or Nest Smoke Detector to your Guest Wi-Fi network whenever possible. This network should be walled off from the normal network, preventing access to all your Computers. Malicious devices could snoop on your network and quietly send information without your knowledge.
- If the Wireless routers guest network is not secure, it is even better to have 3 routers in a Y configuration. You can purchase an inexpensive router that hooks up to your Cable/DSL modem, then have 2 separate wireless routers connected to this device. Put all Internet of Things devices on one of the Y routers. Connect your computers, smartphones, tablets to the other router.
- Have the Guest network that IOT devices are on, use a different dns server
- Turn off uPNP on your router to prevent ports from being opened up to access IOT devices.
Even the NSA is loving the rise of all these IOT devices to let them hack more easily. CCTV cameras were involved in a DDoS attacks, taking down small businesses who did not pay ransom.
Hacked Internet of Things Insecure Device List
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Security has become an ever more important part of using a personal computer. Increasingly, the daily headlines include news of companies and websites getting hacked. It is important to learn how to properly secure your wireless Internet as well as secure your personal computer.
This article focuses on how to secure your wireless network router so that you do not become part of the statistics. The wireless router typically includes a firewall that defines the perimeter of your network. Think of this as a fence, walling off your network from the Internet. Having a vulnerable wireless network allows criminals to possibly steal your data as well as Internet access. You could also become responsible for illegal downloading if your wireless Internet was compromised.
Government Spying via Compromised Wi-Fi Routers
WikiLeaks has confirmed that insecure wireless routers were hacked and users spied probably by the CIA. If you own a router on the list, update its software immediately or buy a new one.
Federal Trade Commission Makes Asus Improve Router Security
In February 2016, the Federal Trade Commission settled charges with Asus, over critical security flaws in its routers that put the home networks of hundreds of thousands of consumers at risk.
The proposed consent order will require ASUS to establish and maintain a comprehensive security program subject to independent audits for the next 20 years.
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