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9 Important Ways to Protect Smart Devices From Hackers

Written by Lynn Brown, original post on

The tremendous growth in internet connected smart devices is creating a whole new opportunity for hackers to take advantage of lacking smart device security, according to a new cyber threats report by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the U.K.

The report showed that cyber threats are “significant and growing” due in large part to the insecurity of smart consumer devices that are connected by Internet of Things (IoT) technology. These devices range from watches, heart rate monitors and other medical and fitness devices to televisions, refrigerators, cars, and phones. The interconnectivity allows hackers to take control of one device and then move on to infect others connected in the same network.

Gartner, Inc. reported that last year 6.4 billion connected devices were being used by consumers and businesses around the world, a 30% increase compared to 2015. By 2020, there will be 20.8 billion connected devices in operation, so even one infected device can have large scale consequences.

Here are 9 smart device security tips to protect yourself from hackers and other information thieves.   

“Aside from connected cars, consumer uses will continue to account for the greatest number of connected things, while enterprise will account for the largest spending,” said a Gartner spokesperson.

All businesses should have a comprehensive security policy that includes the latest cyber security measures for all computers, on-going security awareness training for employees, and security-driven business processes in every department.


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