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7/2/2020
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Steve Zurier
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7 IoT Tips for Home Users

Whether for business or pleasure, you're on your own once you walk into the house with a new Internet of Things device. Here's how to keep everyone secure.
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Patch and Update Frequently
Make patching and updating software on your IoT devices a regular part of your routine, Forescout's dos Santos says. Also, ensure the latest version of the firmware is loaded on the device before using it, as well as turn off Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) on IoT devices and enable https so all web browsing activities are encrypted. 
The ioXt's Ree advises checking to see whether the security has been enabled on your printers or home security cameras. Typically, manufacturers don't lock down items such as these, so the bad guys can enter your network by sneaking through your peripherals and IoT devices. You can check by entering the IP address of your browser on the command line, and the interface for the product should come up. In many instances, it takes three or four steps to arrive at the passwords link -- and that's if you get past other obstacles because the browser may not tell you to click 'Advanced' on the settings. 
'There really needs to be an easy way for consumers to get on the settings and in one or two clicks set the password for the printer,' he says. 'Most consumers wouldn't even think to check their printers and set the password.' 
Image Source: Adobe Stock: Sikov

Patch and Update Frequently

Make patching and updating software on your IoT devices a regular part of your routine, Forescout's dos Santos says. Also, ensure the latest version of the firmware is loaded on the device before using it, as well as turn off Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) on IoT devices and enable https so all web browsing activities are encrypted.

The ioXt's Ree advises checking to see whether the security has been enabled on your printers or home security cameras. Typically, manufacturers don't lock down items such as these, so the bad guys can enter your network by sneaking through your peripherals and IoT devices. You can check by entering the IP address of your browser on the command line, and the interface for the product should come up. In many instances, it takes three or four steps to arrive at the passwords link -- and that's if you get past other obstacles because the browser may not tell you to click "Advanced" on the settings.

"There really needs to be an easy way for consumers to get on the settings and in one or two clicks set the password for the printer," he says. "Most consumers wouldn't even think to check their printers and set the password."

Image Source: Adobe Stock: Sikov

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