Have you hard the term “Internet of Things” also known is IoT? Even if you have not heard the term you are already living in a world full of IoT. Think about your smart devices that you connect to like Hue lighting, Arlo security cameras, Nest thermostat, Jawbone UP fitness band, and the like. While these devices are amazing we all also need to be aware that there are security risks that go hand in hand with them.

IoT definition per Wikipedia

The Internet of things (IoT) is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles (also referred to as “connected devices” and “smart devices”), buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data.

Along with the benefits of the IoT is amazing and fun, security is still an issue and will always continue to be so. Most of us lock our house door, we lock our cars, we do not freely share our bank account information. Put your smart devices in the same category, put a lock on the front door of them at the very least. You do not want to leave your house open for anyone to come in and look, or take, anything they want so you lock the doors and windows, you might also add some extra lighting to make it less appealing for the bad guys, some of you even arm yourselves with weapons to protect your home. You do not have to avoid the IoT, but you just have to be mindful. Think about these devices just as you would other things you already protect.

This week’s infographic is from the Internet of Things Institute and shows 10 IoT security targets. Some of these items are within your immediate power to protect, others you may not personally be able to protect but you can ask questions and be aware of the services provided by institutions and encourage them to be as secure as possible.

10 IoT Security Targets - Infographic from The Internet of Things Institute  |  Robyns.World

Are you protecting your devices? Are you questioning government and corporations who provide services to you via IoT technology?