The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the growing network of internet-connected devices that are embedded in everyday objects, allowing them to send and receive data. While the IoT offers many benefits, it also presents a number of security challenges. Here are a few key points to consider when it comes to the security of IoT devices:
- Lack of security measures: Many IoT devices have inadequate security measures, making them vulnerable to hacking and other cyber attacks.
- Weak passwords: Many IoT devices come with default passwords that are easy to guess, which makes it easy for hackers to gain access to them. It is important to change the default password on any IoT device you use.
- Lack of updates: Many IoT devices do not receive regular software updates, which means that they can become vulnerable to new security threats over time.
- Insecure communication: The communication between IoT devices and their servers can be insecure, allowing hackers to intercept and manipulate the data being transmitted.
Despite countries around the world including the UK, the US, Singapore, India and Australia as well as the European Union attempting to emphasise the importance of cybersecurity in IoT devices and the ability to be able to make vulnerability disclosures. The Idea of a security score has been floating around so the average consumer can understand the devices security flaws easier
In the mean time to protect yourself and your devices, it is important to take steps such as using strong, unique passwords for each of your devices and keeping your devices up to date with the latest software. It is also a good idea to research the security measures of any IoT device before purchasing it.