The IoT market is growing at a rapid pace. Gartner estimates the number of devices from this segment at… 20 billion in 2020. Almost everything becomes intelligent: light bulbs, refrigerators or vacuum cleaners. Connecting household appliances to the network brings undoubted advantages:
- easy control
- or the ability to monitor the energy consumed
However in the whole pursuit of connecting to the network everything that surrounds us, we should remember about security. From time to time we come across news about disturbing attacks made on devices from the IoT segment.
For example, other companies’ smart bulbs were susceptible to malicious updates and servers were the victims of a botnet attack that consisted mostly of IoT devices.
Devices that make up the Internet of things are small, often battery-powered and do not have the computing power of smartphones or desktop computers. That is why, it is difficult to implement security procedures. And let’s face it - often users don’t treat them as a security risk.
We are used to updating computers or smartphones, but not our fridges with WiFi, right? However, it should be remembered and strongly pointed out that every element connected to the network can be a potential threat and you should take care of its security.
What should you do to ensure the safety of your devices?
Apply these rules and sleep peacefully in your smart home:
- Update your device - manufacturers often analyze their software after it has been released to the market in order to look for possible security gaps. There are also security companies that report vulnerabilities found to manufacturers. Then a patch is released that updates the software on the device and closes backdoors for cybercriminals. It is important that we do not forget about it and update our devices on a regular basis.
- Change default passwords - sometimes out of the box devices are factory-set with default access passwords. This makes the configuration and connection to the device easy. However customers often forget about changing these passwords and then the device with the factory password is an open road for hackers. Change the password to your own (preferably complicated) - and improve the quality of security.
- If you don’t need it, do not connect devices to the Internet - many devices can work both via Bluetooth or WiFi. As much as possible and convenient - use them rather via low-range Bluetooth. This limits the ability to connect to your device and ensures that only people who are physically close to device have access.
We also introduce our product under the Altlight brand and we always care for the user's safety. We highly care to meet all the best security practices while designing such devices, by enabling the ability to update them and by providing the encryption of information.