IoT Device Security: 7 Tips for Securing Smart Home Gifts
Each holiday season, there’s a huge surge in the purchase of smart home devices. Here are seven IoT device security guidelines to minimize your cyber risk.
Written by Debby Briggs
13th December 2019
Be Aware of Microphones: If the device has a microphone, understand how it listens and how long it stores recordings. Realize that when you ask your smart speaker to do something, that recording is saved on the internet by the company that made the device.
Configure Your Privacy Options: Turn on appropriate privacy settings that disable the use of voice recording, when possible.
Put Your IoT Devices on a Separate Network: If possible, create two password-protected Wi-Fi networks in your home. Use one for your computers, tablets and phones. Enable the second one for your IoT devices, sharing passwords with family and friends as needed — but don’t give any devices access to your contacts.
With these IoT device security tips, you’ll be prepared for the influx of smart devices in your home this holiday season.
Debby Briggs is the chief security officer at NETSCOUT. Debby has more than 20 years of experience in cybersecurity and has been with NETSCOUT for the last 15 years. Before joining NETSCOUT, Debby held various network administrator and IT infrastructure roles with leading companies, including RSA, Healthsource and GTE. She holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, a CISSP and a BS in computer science. Debby is also a patent owner for technology using trust profiles for network breach detection.
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