Did you recently purchase a new Internet of Things device for your smart home like Philips Hue lamps or a new Nest Camera or even a new Smart lock? Are all these devices connected to cloud services and you’re concerned about security and privacy? What about your personal data?
In the last couple of years, there is an exponential increase of IoT devices. Gartner predicts that more than 20.8 billion IoT devices (related to smart home and security) will be used by consumers by 2020 – which is a small amount compared to the amount of “dump” devices we still have. Currently the amount of smart devices are calculated at 8.4 (2017) and a few millions of devices are added every day
A study conducted by Nominum has shown that only 37% of the respondents think their connected devices are properly secured. On the other hand, half of the respondents believed that they have adequately secured their personal computers. Moreover, a report from Bitdefender showed recently that 170.000 IP Cameras were vulnerable to attacks
So, what can we do to protect ourselves better? This article will give you some tips on what you need, to secure your newly purchased IoT devices so that you feel safe using them. Even though there are no security audit standards (yet), the below few tips might help you feel a bit safer at home.
Securing your Smart Home devices
The first thing we need to do is ensure our network is secure. Make sure that your Wi-Fi network is configured with a password and consider having a dedicated network for your smart home devices.
An even better option would be to create a separate network for all your devices which will guard them from external threats (if not connected to the Internet) or at least will minimize the damage to all the other devices connected to the network.
Default passwords (Can’t stress this enough)
Perhaps one of the simplest ways to hack is to use the default password of the device you’re trying to hack. It’s actually the first line of attack for hacker. For that reason it’s important to change the default passwords of your IoT devices.
Update your devices
Manufacturers that are serious about IoT and security (the only ones you’ll find at eksypno) update their devices regularly offering them new features and more importantly security updates. If you want to have one place from where you receive security updates for all new IoT vulnerabilities that are discovered, make sure to sign up to receive our news.
Select strong passwords
Of course, it goes without saying that all devices, if possible, should be password protected. Make sure your password is strong and different for each device. It should include mixed letters, symbols and numbers that do not form any words associated to you.
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP)
Although it offers simplicity configuring your network, it is really dangerous to have UPnP on. It allows hackers to penetrate your network thus making your Smart home devices vulnerable. Switching off UPnP means that devices can’t automatically connect to your network meaning you are making a hacker’s life more difficult.
Both tested cameras use UPnP to open ports on the router, so they can be accessed from the outside world.
Bitdefender – Remote Exploitation of the NeoCoolcam IP Cameras and Gateway
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