Have you secured your internet connected devices? Are you using a Google Nest or a smart tv or a smart refrigerator? If so, you are at risk of being hacked and losing all of your private information. Over the past few weeks there have been news reports on tv and in print detailing the dangers of using internet connected devices without changing the password. In one report a couple was being harassed by a person who through the internet was able to take over the couples baby monitor. This person threatened the couples and the baby’s safety. Why is this happening. How can you prevent yourself from becoming a victim?
Why are people who have internet connected devices being hacked. The first reason is that many people do not understand these devices are designed around computer chips. Just as your smartphone, tablet or computer is vulnerable to being hacked, so are the internet connected devices. The second reason is the manufacturers of smart thermostats, refrigerators and baby monitors and other devices do not understand internet security. Many of these devices use the same basic passwords that can be found on doing a google search. Unless you are a savvy computer user you may not be aware of this fact. All of this still does not explain how a hacker can take over your device.
How does a hacker find your unsecured device? There are programs available on the dark web that lets a hacker see every device that is connected to the internet. Are you worried yet? If not, you should. These programs show whether a device is secured or it is unsecured. If it is unsecured a hacker can then take over the device. An unsecured device is one that has no password or is using the default password the company programmed prior to shipping. Hackers know all of the default password for all of these devices. I hope this has your attention.
How do you stop hackers from victimizing your family? Treat every internet device as if it was your smartphone or tablet. Change the default password. Make sure your password has letter, numbers and special characters. The longer the password the less likely a hackers password guesser to break into your device. Your password should be at least 16 characters long. While you are making these changes to you internet devices check your router if you have purchased your own. The same rules apply to your router as it does to internet connected devices. Do not assume that any device you buy and connect to the internet is secure. The security of you and your family is your responsibility. I ask you once again. Have you secured your internet connected devices?