Tuesday Tip: IoT Devices and Security

By: Blaine Williams

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It’s no secret that hackers are working double time to compromise internet-connected devices to steal as much pertinent data as possible. A study performed by the University of Maryland was able to quantify their efforts – on average every 39 seconds an attempt is made to gain unauthorized access into a computer system. Now more so than ever, maintaining the integrity of our personal information is of the utmost importance. I believe the first step to ensure pertinent data is protected is understanding what devices in your household or workplace are attack vectors. For this reason, I’ve compiled a list of common household/office IoT devices that are at risk of potentially being compromised, unless proactively addressed. Please use this reference list to identify any IoT devices that might be in your possession, accordingly, act to update the passwords to “non-default” complex passwords as a safety precaution.

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Top 10 IoT Devices 2019

#1) Google Home Voice Controller

#2) Amazon Echo Plus Voice Controller

#3) Amazon Dash Button

#4) August Doorbell Cam

#5) Nest Smoke Alarm

#6) Philips Hue Bulbs And Lighting System

#7) Ring Doorbell

#8) Belkin WeMo Insight Switch

#9) ADT Pulse

#10) Mesh WiFi network devices

 

Blaine Williams: As Support Desk Manager at Network 1, Blaine uses his drive and passion to help people solve their problems. He started with the company in the role of Desktop Engineer and worked his way up to his current role by being dedicated to providing uncompromising client care.

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