Internet of things (IoT) is a relatively new concept but growing at a high rate, IoT concept advocates connecting every device to the internet. IoT presents a lot of a lot of advantages, where most of the manual chores will be automated and a greater level of efficiency will be witnessed at the same time there is the dark side of IoT, these are dangers of internet connected devices. Although advancement web (technology especially in the area of security), is trying to address most of these dangers, still some potential exists for the internet connected devices, these dangers can have mild impacts to our lives or big negative impacts hence, it’s rational to be familiar with most of them and maybe take precautionary measure to try and prevent them from happening as most of them can be prevented.
1. Loss of control of the internet connected device.
When a device is connected to the internet, it opens the door to external connections, a hacker can link to the device and take control of the device and interrupt the normal functioning of the device. If a hacker takes control of your devices say a car or your home lighting system, he or she can control it in the device and do what he or she want like shutting down the lights to your home via the network, and leave you with no control to the lights in your home. This is a major concern to the internet connected device but experts in the area of security are continuously evaluating the security protocols and fixing these security loopholes.
With an internet connected device, it is possible for a hacker or any other person to spy on you through the device’s web camera. Most of the internet enabled devices have web camera usually used for video chatting, these cameras can be used by a spy to get information from you in the form of images or video and get it sent over the internet. This is a real danger because if a malicious person can use this information to blackmail you or even do harm using the information sent to him or her.
3. Virus and malware.
When a device is connected to the internet, it is possible to be infected with a virus or a malware. A virus implanted on your device can cause harm to the data in your device or hinder the normal operation of the device. Your private information can also be collected by these malicious softwares and be sent to a hacker and this can lead to things like identity theft or even stealing your credit card information.
If your computer gets infected you can generally use a safe spyware remover such as Spyhunter 4. However, most internet connected devices don’t have an operating system or UI that will let you do this.
Most of these dangers can be prevented if the tips are followed.
– Always enabling the security features on the internet connected device.
– Updating the device firmware. This will ensure that the latest security features are installed and this makes the device more secure.
– Use strong passwords.
– Use encryption for all the networks as well as devices.
– Making sure that the unused ports on the router and device are closed.