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Wake Up! There Are More Than 26 Billion IoT Devices – So What Are You Doing About IoT Security at Home?

Securitytoday.com estimated that there were more than 26.22 billion IoT on January 1, 2020 so you should consider Darkreading’s report that “Whether for business or pleasure, you're on your own once you walk into the house with a new Internet of Things [IoT] device.”  The July 2, 2020 report entitled “7 IoT Tips for Home Users” included these comments about #5 Buy Products from Companies That Care about IoT Security:

IoT devices are small devices that often cost $10 or $20 -- $100, tops -- so margins are thin. 

That's why so many IoT manufacturers don't build security into their devices. 

On two different occasions, once with an Amazon Alexa and also with Google-Samsung on an Android camera,… and both times the giant tech companies took responsibility and responded within a few weeks with security patches,... 

Google… first releasing a "quick-and-dirty" fix almost immediately to make sure its users were safe, even at the expense of temporarily deactivating a specific feature. 

Once that was out the door, Google started working on a long-term fix. 

Amazon, too, was very collaborative and transparent during the entire disclosure and remediating process,… 

Here are all 7 IoT tips:

  1. Change Default Passwords

  2. Think With Your Head

  3. Inventory Your Assets

  4. Segment the Home Network

  5. Buy Products from Companies That Care about IoT Security

  6. Patch and Update Frequently

  7. Look for 5G SIMs

By 2021 we expect 31 Billion IoT devices so security is more important than ever!

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