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Smart Devices Can Become a Security Problem

by | Dec 27, 2021 | MyTek Blog, Security

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Finding a home without at least a few smart devices is pretty rare because they have taken the world by storm in the past few years. But these smart devices, or any device that connects to the internet to perform, can be a danger and should be handled with care and caution. Today, we’re going to be talking about how to secure smart devices in your home.

What Kind of Smart Devices Might You Have?

Anything that connects to the internet can be considered a smart device, so this list will include your smartphones, computers, tablets, routers, and other hardware. But, there are also way more smart devices you might not even be thinking about like your security cameras, smart speakers, printers, thermostats, smart light bulbs, your smartwatch, and other devices that connect to the internet.

So how can you secure smart services so that they can’t be taken advantage of? We’re going to go over a few simple practices that can help.

Set Up Your Wi-Fi Router Properly

When it comes to internet security, you might not even consider the security of your router but this is where you should begin your efforts when beginning to protect your wireless network and attached devices. Start with changing your router’s default name, so that you don’t have your router’s make and model in the name. If these things stay in the name, hackers have some clues as to how your router works and how they might be able to hack into it. You should also change the default password and use something complex so hackers cannot easily guess it.

Use Multi-Factor Authentication

On any device, you can secure it tightly by using multi-factor authentication. A password simply isn’t enough these days, you should have multiple steps to log in so just about anyone can’t get in easily. This might include something intense like biometric proof or just sending a ping to your smartphone so you can approve the log-in.

Use a Separate Wi-Fi Connection for IoT Devices

You can actually create a separate network for your smart devices so that way they are separated from the rest of your devices and important data. This will keep the at-risk connection away from the rest of your network.

MyTek can help your business secure its network and devices, so give us a call today at 623-312-2444 to learn about other ways we can keep your network safe.

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Tim Tiller, LMSW

 
Tim Tiller, MSW brings a deep service background to his role at Mytek, having graduated from McDonald’s management training program, fresh out of high school, and working his way up through the ranks in the hospitality industry. He has led two prior companies – Multi-Systems Inc., an IT-focused organization providing technology to hospitality companies (where he was named President at age 36), and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Voice Ministries International.

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