How to protect your connected wearables

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Today’s world is one of connectivity and convenience. Gartner estimates that by 2020 over 25 billion connected devices will be in use. This increasing digitization of everyday objects is also known as the „Internet of Things” (IoT). Whether it’s a smart toaster or a smart TV – these essential household appliances are designed from the ground up so that they can be connected to the Internet.

All of these connected devices may make your everyday life easier, but they also collect a wealth of personal information and can threaten your security. They often serve as a backdoor for hackers to gain access to your network and steal valuable information such as credit card numbers, bank details and social security numbers. In a recent study by the Ponemon Institute, 47 percent of 1,900 respondents around the world said they had become more concerned about their privacy over the past five years. But these concerns do not stop you from going online again and again.

To protect the Internet of Things in an always connected home, you need to protect your home network.

More connections = more vulnerabilities

In addition to laptops, smartphones and tablets, the average home accommodates five other potentially risky devices. These include B. game consoles, printers, smart TVs, media players and even baby monitors, thermostats and coffee machines. These networked devices make more and more information available that cyber thieves can collect about users. The network gaps created by the Internet of Things provide hackers with ample opportunity to steal sensitive information. The most effective method of defending against an attack is to isolate your home networks.

Measures to protect your privacy

There are a number of things you can do to strengthen the security of your home system. The simplest measure is to change the default administrator password. Many people simply plug in newly purchased routers without giving out new passwords. Then, if a hacker gets into your router and changes the settings, things can get tricky. You should also disable guest access to your network so that strangers cannot use your account as they please, and disable your SSID so that your network cannot be seen by anyone in range.

Many routers offer the option of setting up multiple network IDs. For added security, create a network for your computer, printer, and other computing devices, and a separate SSID for all other devices in the home, such as game consoles and smart TVs. If your devices are then infected by malware, the hacker’s access to one network is restricted while the other devices remain protected.

Encryption also plays an important role in keeping your networked devices safe and intact. It is imperative that you use the most powerful encryption protocols available at any given time, e.g. B. WPA2. In combination with a secure, multi-layered password, you can create a solid protective wall. In addition, you should change the passwords on all of your devices and create strings that are as secure as possible. Regularly updating passwords reduces the likelihood of an attack.

Set up a firewall. Firewalls cannot protect against all types of attacks, but they can block backdoor attempts. Security software like this shouldn’t be installed on your computers only. Your smartphone, smartwatch and other mobile devices also need protection.

When you are out and about, you should make sure that you only connect to secured WiFi hotspots. The network in the coffee shop or airport where you are surfing may have been hacked, giving hackers access to your browser history and device.

In the age of the Internet of Things, there are many measures you can take to protect your privacy on connected devices. Act carefully by changing the passwords for all devices regularly, setting up a security system and securing your home network.