In our previous blog post, we shared why Eze Castle Employees love technology! There is no doubt that technology can change and improve the way that we work, socialize, and live - especially with the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is what allows us to connect everyday objects and devices to the internet, creating smart homes and more.
According to Gartner, it is estimated that there are now 8.4 billion devices connected to the internet, and according to The Internet Society – that number is expected to reach 100 billion devices by 2025. It is no secret that the Internet of Things (IoT) has infinite possibilities and has changed, and will continue to change, the way that people live their lives, but there are some challenges that come with new and evolving technologies.
While IoT devices have become more secure due to growing consumer concern and demand, poorly secured IoT devices can pose a threat to our sensitive information. Considering these devices are heavily integrated into our daily lives and have access to some of our most personal information, like where we live and even our financial information, it is crucial that these devices have security measures in place to protect the users.
A study conducted by HP Security Research showed that 70% of the most commonly used Internet of Things devices had serious security flaws, with 90% of the devices using unencrypted network service and 70% protected by vulnerable or weak passwords.
It is crucial for technology companies to implement privacy agreements and policies for IoT devices for a secure and safe technology world. There are increased concerns around elevated surveillance and tracking from IoT devices, as well as the ability to opt out of certain data collection. It can be unnerving when it feels as though your IoT devices are constantly "listening", and creates concern among users whether their privacy is protected.
Laws and Regulations
Building on security and privacy concerns, IoT brings up some questions around existing data privacy laws and regulations, and calls into question whether or not they are sufficient for this evolving technology. Lawmakers may need to reexamine existing regulations to ensure that consumers are covered and technology companies aren’t taking advantage from the evolving world of IoT.
Despite some of these challenges, IoT is here to make our lives more efficient and easier, and is here to stay. Instead of writing off technology, there are steps you can take to prevent an IoT device attack and protect yourself.
Steps you can take to prevent an IoT device attack:
Update your password and don’t reuse old passwords
Change the default usernames and passwords on all your devices
Use and update anti-virus and anti-malware software
Understand what information your device gathers, what is stored and what is used by the manufacturer
At the end of the day, IoT should actually improve our relationship with technology and not spoil it. Taking the above measures can help protect yourself and your devices, and continue to keep the flame alive in your relationship with technology!