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How to Guard Your IoT Devices against Cyber Threats

How to Guard Your IoT Devices against Cyber Threats


The Internet has entered a new era, and the spectrum of the web is bigger than ever. In 1990’s laptops and computers dominated connected technology, the invention of smartphones initiated mobile internet era which lasted for nearly two decades. Now, the Internet of Things has taken the online world by storm. This innovative technology allows different devices to a common network and transmits data via embedded chips and sensors. Today, the connected devices range from drones, IP monitoring cameras, robots and smart watches to smart speakers, light bulbs, and kitchen accessories. Even though the functionality of each device varies from each other, they all have one common need – Robust Security Protocols.

Your PC and smartphones are not the only devices hackers are targeting; now they are exploiting the vulnerabilities of different connected devices such as cars, health appliances, and national security devices. Every device connected to the internet can be targeted, which in turn leads to data theft, device malfunction, and other critical damages.

IoT manufacturers have created a large scale of products for millions of devices while compromising their security. Besides selling their products, IoT companies must focus on creating robust security solutions to protect their devices from cyber threats. A connected car requires strong computer monitoring system to ensure its safety while a smart kitchen appliance might only need a microcontroller. However, every connected device must include stout security measures to avoid cyber threats. Security needs to be considered in every aspect, whether it’s the device itself or the network it is connected to. Attacks are inevitable, but to mitigate risk IoT devices must be facilitated with the stout defense strategy.

Hackers usually use these strategies to exploit IoT devices.

Code Modification: Whenever cybercriminals get access to your device, they inject malicious codes into your devices or alter the running code of the device.

Password Cracking: When someone steals your password to enter the connected network. Hackers can use advanced hand movement detection tools to crack your password.

Third Party Hacks: When the data is being transmitted between two parties, a third entity can steal the data via the internet.

Hence, IoT manufacturers need to encrypt strong security protocols to prevent such attacks. Here are few prevention measures.

Software Support: Users can use software to detect whether the code is from an authentic source or not.

Data Protection: Users can use spying and tampering tools to protect the data stored in connected devices or cloud networks.

Strong Login Credentials: Users must input strong login credentials to ensure that their devices are fully protected from password hacks.

Firmware Upgrade: Users must update their firmware regularly to ensure that their devices are fully secured against a new type of cyber-attacks.

Remember, a robust IoT security solution covers different aspects of the connected device including operating system security, communication protocols, applications, and username and password integration.