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IoT security is the technology area concerned with safeguarding connected devices and networks in the Internet of Things (IoT).

It’s no longer a secret that while IoT technologies lay the foundation for amazing advances, they also open new portals of vulnerability for cybercriminals due to the massive interconnectivity nature of IoT devices.

Most cybersecurity professionals have been warning that as IoT interconnectivity increases, so will cybercrime. Everything from IoT botnets to hackers exploiting children’s toys is anticipated.

Measures that can help protect you from IoT-induced cyberattacks include installing reputable internet security software on all computers, tablets and smartphones. Security software can provide real-time protection against emerging malware, including ransomware and viruses.

Another protective measure involves doing your due diligence before buying a device that will connect to the IoT. Devices become smart because they collect a lot of personal data. While collecting data isn’t necessarily a bad thing, you should know about what types of data these devices collect, how it’s stored and protected, if it is shared with third parties, and the policies or protections regarding data breaches.

This includes knowing what data the device or app wants to access on your phone. If it seems unnecessary for the app’s functionality or too risky, deny permission.

Also be aware when it comes to apps. Always make sure you read the privacy policy of the apps you use to see how they plan on using your information and more. Also use caution when using social sharing features with these apps. Social sharing features can expose information like your location and let people know when you’re not at home. Cybercriminals can use this to track your movements. That could lead to a potential cyberstalking issue or other real-world dangers.

Security pros also recommend using a VPN, which helps to secure the data transmitted on your home or public Wi-Fi. That and checking the device manufacturer’s website regularly for firmware updates.

Of course it’s never a good idea to leave your smartphone unattended if you’re using it in a public space. In crowded spaces, you should also consider turning off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth access if you don’t need them.

Some smartphone brands allow automatic sharing with other users in close proximity.

Want to know more about IoT cybersecurity? Tonex offers IoT Security Training | IoT Security Awareness, a 2-day course that covers The Internet of Things security and discusses IoT protocols, potential risks, vulnerabilities, exploitation, data breaches, security framework and mitigation.

Additionally, Tonex offers several different IoT courses covering everything from Industry 4.0 to fundamentals.

For more information, questions, comments, contact us.

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