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The Internet of Things (IoT) is an expanding market. Everything is connected to everything else through Bluetooth or WiFi. And the prices are so reasonable that anyone can own these products. Whether you are buying or receiving a connected device this holiday season, there are certain security measures of which you should be aware.

So if you purchased for someone else, you may want to include some of these helpful tips on your gift tag. Remember, most manufacturers don’t build security in to their products. They leave it to the consumer. Keeping this in mind, make sure to:

  • Change default configurations and passwords
  • Use strong passwords and two-factor authentication
  • Read the End User Agreement and Privacy Policy so that you know what data the manufacturer is collecting about you
  • Don’t connect sensitive accounts (money and health) to your smart device
  • Use WPA2 encrypted WiFi
  • Disable unused services
  • Don’t store sensitive data on your smart device (passwords, credit cards)

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Categories: Cyber Security

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