Major companies like Google, Apple, and Microsoft are investing a lot of money in the Internet of Things (IoT). But just like any other technological trend, it comes with minor bugs and setbacks. Because of the diversity in IoT, developers have yet to develop large-scale security solutions. In the meantime, here are some things you can do to keep IoT cyberattacks at bay.
Not many people know they can set passwords for IoT devices, making their gadgets easy to hack. You have to make sure to set new and strong passwords — preferably with a combination of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Then, use a password manager to keep track of all your passwords.
Disable Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)
UPnP helps IoT gadgets discover and connect to other network devices. But this feature also serves as a gateway for hackers to infiltrate your devices and network. To prevent this, disable this feature.
Create a separate network
It’s a good idea to keep your IoT devices connected to their own network that’s separate from your main office network. This way, gadgets can connect to the internet but won’t have access to mission-critical files.
You can also invest in device access management tools. These allow you to control which devices can access what data, and prevent unauthorized access.
Update your firmware
You need to keep your software up to date if you want to secure your devices against cyberattacks. Manufacturers are always releasing new patches for the latest vulnerabilities, so make it a habit to check and install IoT firmware updates regularly.
If you have several devices, use patch management software to automate patch distribution and schedule regular updates.
Simply disconnecting your devices or turning them off when not in use can significantly reduce your vulnerability to cyberattacks. It removes potential entry points into your network and minimizes the chances of unauthorized access to your network.
With the advent of IoT devices in homes and offices, hackers also developed more cunning ways to exploit them. Adopting the above mentioned security habits can prevent a variety of IoT attacks, but if you need to beef up your security, contact Multi IT on 011 435 0450 today. We have robust security solutions to keep your hardware and systems safe.