There is no doubt that month on month the IOT industry is growing at a dramatic rate, both within our homes and in business. IOT systems allow for greater efficiency and provides a more streamlined approach in connecting inanimate objects into our daily lives.

So how can consumers stay safe and what can businesses do to ensure this ethos is followed?

Education on IOT systems is key! Years ago, one password would have been enough to protect your system and you would have probably thought that it would last you a lifetime. That is no longer the case! As we begin to embrace IOT and integrate more and more technology processes into our daily lives, so too is the required need to tighten up on security.

Here are some methods to consider when using IOT systems in your home or as a manufacturer of producing such goods.  By educating consumers in the following aspects will go a long way to ensuring that users operate products safely and securely.

Steps to protect IOT systems

Protecting your home network – The wireless rooter is the main root through to any IOT products in your home. First steps are to update your password from the manufacturers default password and to hide your rooter so that it isn’t visible on an open network. Turning off your rooter when not in use and updating your password regularly will also help to minimise access from a cyber attack.

Create a guest id for your IOT devices – Putting all of your IOT devices on a guest ID will keep them separate from your main TV, phone and IT technology devices. If any of your IOT systems get hacked, they won’t affect your primary Audio Visual equipment.

Manage your IOT devices – Treating each device with individual attention will go along way in protecting your household. Buying from reputable brands will give more certainty that the manufacturers have followed security and safety procedures. Update default passwords and make sure they are ‘strong’ using symbols, numbers & upper / lower case letters will help to tighten access levels. Turn off cameras and microphones that aren’t in use and ensure that you carry out software updates regularly that might be carrying important security fixes to protect your products.

Use a VPN – A virtual private network (VPN) in effect shuts you off from the rest of the IT world. Protecting sensitive data through a VPN will ensure that you are operating a tight operation in terms of access and cyber security threats.

Use security software – Protecting and regularly updating all of your devices including phones, laptops and tablets with Virus, Spyware, Malware & Ransomware protection will safeguard the operation of your equipment.

Are you a manufacturer of IOT goods and services or are you using IOT systems within your business to improve efficiency? Here at Crendon insurance we support companies and individual users with IOT insurance to ensure they have the correct systems in place and to highlight where vulnerabilities may need attention. For further information, please contact our IOT insurance specialists or see our IOT technology website page.

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