Sure we love it when our man-made non-living friends are doing all the trivial work for us. But we need to realize that we are into that era where technology has more control over our lives rather than the reverse. With the arrival of artificial intelligence, came the new world of automation. Our privacy fell in stake. How? These newly devised systems are collecting personal data to understand our behavior, schedule, work, and other activities we do, to provide personalized service.  Say your digital assistant reads the mails for you. For that, it will have to capture all the data in the mail and convert it into a voice format through a complex process. Did you see what happened here? Your information got collected by a program, and you don’t know if that remains safe. It applies to all the other automated devices at your home like TV, AC, Speakers, fridge, CCTV, and so on.

If Hackers get access to your smart devices, they can remotely control them to extract sensitive information from one of your personal devices, that uses the internet. They can steal your bank details or any sensitive legal document. Not just that, they may even spy on you using your microphone and cameras. It is wild to think that your own ‘so-called’ intelligent devices can be used against you.

The Challenge

Connecting multiple IoT devices is easy. The challenge lies in ensuring security. This is due to the fact that the devices are made by different manufacturers with different configurations. Plus, the hardware and software system also varies offering different levels of security. Some manufacturers completely ignore the security requirements to reduce the cost and be on par with the competition. This makes it difficult to bring forth a security solution that will match up with …

The Internet of things is gradually creeping into our system as it is incorporated in our daily essential electronics like refrigerator, TV, AC, Thermostat, washing machine, etc. , making all the dumb devices smart with the help of the internet, Bluetooth, and other wireless protocols. So while we are out and about, our electronics can interact with each other and get some work done. Alexa and Siri are proving themselves to be better managers than us. They are making appointments, giving reminders, and entertaining us whenever we want it. Also, it has become easier to keep track of health with the emergence of fitness bands and other smart medical sensors. As much as it has been a boon in our lives, it has also brought some privacy issues. When a device is becoming so personalized, it is bound to collect information about everything you own and also analyze your pattern of behavior to predict the next action. With so much personal information going inside the IoT system, one can imagine the danger if somehow someone breaks into your system and get hold of this data. They can use your device to spy on you or extract your banking details. When so much is at stake, one should be cautious while handling their IoT devices. Don’t let the hackers catch you.

Here’s what you can do to keep your IoT devices protected from cybercriminals.

  • Change Router configuration

Every router has a default user name and password set by the manufacturer. Change the preset configurations as the other parties already know it. It won’t take much of a hassle for the hackers to get hold of it. Try to set a complicated password and limit the count of the number of devices that can connect to your WI-FI. It will be better …

Gadgets are becoming smarter day by day but they can’t outsmart humans. With gradual growth in technology, we are surrounded by smart devices connected over a network. This network is known as the internet. You can see for yourself that every device is connected to the internet. Be it your smartphone or your smart appliances. This adds a level of comfort and convenience at different levels. However, with increasing features and network connections, each of these appliances and electronics is vulnerable to hacking. That is why you need a defense mechanism to prevent your appliances from cybercriminals.

IoT or the internet of things is a neural network that connects every device to your smartphones or each other. So, you can control your smart refrigerator or air-conditioning systems or even lights. But even these connections can make your life miserable. When a cyber-criminal hack your appliances, they can access all your data and map your pattern. This can be very dangerous because your digital footprint is like DNA. They can use your data for any folly and you will be at risk. So, you need to be very cautious when using IoT devices. Thus, we have the top 5 techniques and tips to secure smart devices at your home.

  1. Check your device settings and reconfigure them

You need to check the device settings when you are building a network of appliances at your home. Every smart appliance has a default username and password. These are provided at the manufacturing facility for testing. Every appliance has the same default usernames and passwords. This makes the work of the cybercriminal very easy. They just need to know the default settings and they can micromanage your systems very easily.

So, what should you do to safeguard them? First of all, change the default credentials …

Artificial intelligence is creating a buzz in every industry with its innovative solutions to normal day to day tasks. A lot of automation has been incorporated in today’s technology that they have now become a necessity. The sudden boom in internet usage has rapidly built the IoT market globally. You can find IoT devices in every discipline. From large companies to hospitals and now households. Asking Siri to dim the lights for you or your car detecting traffic and notifying you through mails, might be the smartest features ever. But they do come with a price. As much as it has made life easier, it also came with the risk of losing privacy.

IoT or Internet of things is the device that has sensors to send and receive signals from other devices connected to it using the internet. They are like those dump devices that have a temporary brain of their own which helps them communicate with other devices and humans. As cool as it sounds, it is also quite intimidating. Imagine giving so much control of your life to these devices and someone taking advantage of that. Hackers are skilled enough to get control of the devices remotely and steal all your private data.

Sounds scary right?

That is why it is important to take some precautionary steps when using the internet to work with devices so that the bad guys don’t reach you. Here are some tips that will help you stay protected and keep your IoT devices safe.

  1. Secure your WI-FI Connection

This is the first entry point of the internet. From this, other devices receive the connection and function accordingly. If you are using a router at home, it is advisable to change the default username and apply a strong password. If your WI-FI is secure; …