McAfee Commentary: 100 Million Connected Objects Are At Risk, Importance of Protecting Connected Devices

McAfee Commentary: 100 Million Connected Objects Are At Risk, Importance of Protecting Connected Devices

Recently, 100 million connected sites were potentially affected by new security breaches. The attacks target Wi-Fi networks and therefore all equipment connected to them.

The connected devices have integrated systems with firmware, software and operating systems. As a result, they are exposed to the same vulnerabilities as a computer, namely malware and cyber attacks.

One of the reasons linked objects are so vulnerable is their update structure, or lack thereof. Connected objects do not benefit from the stringent security updates that come with laptops or smartphones. Because they don’t get updates often – and in some cases never – they don’t get the necessary security patches to stay safe at all times.

Without these updates, cybercriminals can compromise these devices and take advantage of the hardware components that pose a significant risk to users. For example, they can track a person’s location using a GPS device, or listen to private conversations using a video camera or audio technology. Therefore, it is important to protect all of these connected devices to avoid hacking.

It is for this reason that Jérôme Daffo, Head of Global Consumers at McAfee France, wanted to share some tips for securing your connected devices to protect consumers from similar vulnerabilities:

• Buy from well-known brands. It is imperative to choose products from brands that are trusted and respected with support and built-in security features.

• Change username and default passwords – default names and passwords are often available on the Dark Web, allowing cybercriminals to log into users’ devices. Once connected, they can use the connection to spread malware designed to infect computers or smartphones connected to the same network.

• Set up a guest network. For added security on devices with rich content, you need to set up a guest network on a router that is exclusively for home IoT. In a guest network, you can ensure that devices connect only at the right time and with the appropriate permissions.

• Practice password hygiene – be sure to change the default passwords. To increase the safety of your device, you must make it unique and remember to change it regularly. For less hassle, there is a Password Manager to create and save complex passwords.

• Protect your network. The router is the central hub for all connected devices, you must keep it as secure as possible by making sure that encryption is enabled to encrypt the data so that no one can access it. A comprehensive security solution makes it easy to protect your connected home.

• Use reliable security software. You need to invest in comprehensive security software that can detect and block various threats. It’s also important to make sure it has a firewall to protect all computers and devices on the home network. There are security solutions that offer a password manager, multi-device compatibility, device security, virtual private network (VPN), data monitoring, and a secure internet connection.

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