This is a pro tip based on our Home IT Security in Baton Rouge for Business Use webinar.

The Internet of Things, or IoT, refers to the millions of physical devices in Baton Rouge (smart locks, smart doorbells, game consoles, IP cameras, smart TVs) and around the world that are now connected to the internet — all collecting and sharing data.

While it is nice to have the convenience of these things, IoT devices can offer new points of entry for cyber-criminals:

  • What if someone accesses data on your smart thermostat to figure out when you are home or away?
  • What if someone accesses information you have shared with your digital assistant Alexa?

So how do you stay secure?

Register your IoT devices and check their security settings.  Often these devices may have default privacy and security settings as well as remote access enabled by default.

One of the biggest IoT risks is the use of insecure or outdated software and firmware.  When your smart phone manufacturer sends you a software update, do not put off installing it  — it might be a patch for a security flaw. Mobile security is important since you may connect to your smart home through mobile devices.  Your IoT device manufacturers also may send you updates — or you might have to visit their websites to check for them.  Be sure to download updates and apply them to your device to help stay safe.

It is advised that, for security purposes, if you have IoT devices set up in your home, whether in Baton Rouge or elsewhere, you should enable a separate guest network for them. This is because if your home IoT network gets hacked, devices on the main network will be safe.

Also, if your smart-device apps offer two-factor or multi-factor authentication (referred to as 2FA or MFA) use it.  By enforcing two-factor authentication — such as a one-time code sent to your cellphone — you add an extra layer of security to keep hackers out of your accounts.

This and a lot more was covered in our Home IT Security in Baton Rouge for Business Use webinar.

If you want to watch the entire webinar, just visit this YouTube of our webinar: