The Internet of Things (IoT) industry is projected to rake in $20 billion by 2020. According to Gartner, a leading IoT engineering firm, Home and business owners will utilize over 80 billion IoT devices over the next five years. In fact, IoT is so big that entire cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco are rebuilding core infrastructures around IoT automation.
Unfortunately, IoT also attracts hackers - lots of them. Hacking can be unbelievably powerful, as it has proven to affect millions of people on a global scale. Hackers can exploit devices, create the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, or design gateways where they can gather personal and valuable data.
Although hackers try to break into commercial and industrial networks, homeowners are not immune. Back in 2016, the Mirai Botnet (Dyn Attack) affected millions of personal accounts across various platforms including Twitter, The Guardian, Netflix, Facebook, Reddit, and even CNN. These attacks came directly through personal and commercial IoT networks and devices.
Here is the Answer to Your IoT Question
Another prediction you may be interested in is that by 2025, the average homeowner in America will utilize 10 to 20 IoT-driven, fully-automated devices. Consider the systems we are implementing in our homes right now.
● Home theaters
● Home security & video surveillance
● PCs and Mac computers
● Thermostats & AC systems
● Garage door openers
● Smart home hubs
So it begs the questions: How can I Secure My IoT System?
Here is the answer:
● Change Your Default Wi-Fi Password...Often
You should change your default Wi-Fi password at least once a year (if not more often). The password should contain a complex set of letters, numbers, and symbols. Do not create a personalized password.
And, by the way, don’t use your default password on any other device. You may also want to change the passwords on all your home automation devices regularly as well.
● Update Patches and Firmware On All Devices
Manufacturers regularly offer patch or firmware updates. They either auto-send them to you, or you can go to their website and search for updates.
● Avoid Connecting Your Device Directly to the Internet
You may connect directly to the Internet if you have a secure firewall in front of your device. Do not connect directly to the net without a firewall or if your device is in front of the firewall. Make sure your router has a built-in firewall. Most newer routers do.
● Avoid Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Iot Devices
P2P devices or applications are difficult to secure due to their primary function. A P2P device can even be hacked through a firewall remotely over the Internet. Why? Because developers configure them to find ways to connect to a global shared network. Some of the most famous P2P applications include BitTorrent, Gnutella, Limewire, and the notorious Kazaa.
● Purchase Expensive Devices
Yes, you heard that right. Although expensive is not always better, in the case of IoT and automation device, it actually is. If you purchase cheap IoT hardware or applications, you might as well open the door and hold up a sign for hackers.
Secure Home Automation From JJ Orion
At JJ Orion, we are committed to investing in high-security home automation for our customers. When you visit our Maple Grove location, we can answer your questions and help you make smart purchasing decisions.
To find out more about our products and services, call us at 651-641-1376, or you can message us on our contact page.
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