Connect with us

Home

Growing market for internet of things poses security risk

Published

on

More electronic devices will soon connect to the internet, providing more convenience and information, but this internet of things also brings new security risks, according to security provider Malwarebytes.

Privacy issues top the list of concerns. Devices that include always-on cameras and microphones are prime targets for hacking by criminals hoping to steal or just harass consumers.

Those with smart appliances essentially agree to data collection and sharing when they make their purchases. Some smart refrigerators, for instance, keep track of what kinds of food you buy and can be integrated into applications to purchase groceries online. Televisions can keep track of what you are watching, and AI-powered devices like Alexa and Google Home keep a record of your search history. Depending on the fine print, that data can then be used to send you targeted ads or be sold to big data analysis companies.

As connected devices become more mainstream, vulnerabilities can and will arise that allow hackers to take control. Cars with automatic driving capability, for instance, opens the door for tech-savvy criminals to take over and ransom the vehicle back to the owner or even cause a crash. Recently, it was discovered that baby monitors can allow hackers to watch or speak to sleeping children. A strong password for these seemingly innocuous items is essential.

Internet-enabled security cameras acted as a backdoor to attack service providers like Twitter, Netflix, and CNN.

Consumers must remember there is usually very little protection built into connected devices. Instead, device safety depends on the security of the home network, where strong passwords and security are essential.

Before you buy an internet connected device, make sure it doesn’t have a generic username and password. These are usually posted somewhere on the dark web, just an invitation to a hacker.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get Your Zombie Walk Shirt!

King Cartoons

Upcoming Events

Oct
17
Wed
4:00 pm Introduction to Watercolor @ Art in the Valley
Introduction to Watercolor @ Art in the Valley
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Introduction to Watercolor @ Art in the Valley
This class provides a hands-on experience for painting with watercolors, and meets once a week for five weeks. Each week we will work to build a solid foundation in technique. Materials are provided, but feel[...]
Oct
18
Thu
6:00 pm Drawing Studio @ Art in the Valley
Drawing Studio @ Art in the Valley
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Drawing Studio @ Art in the Valley
All drawing levels welcome. In this class we’ll work on creating drawings from still life, plaster casts, or reference photos. Learn and develop your abilities in composition, proportion, and rendering with artist and instructor Michael[...]
6:30 pm Learn how to save money with Sol... @ Marshall Community Center
Learn how to save money with Sol... @ Marshall Community Center
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Learn how to save money with Solar Energy @ Marshall Community Center
Are you a resident of Clarke, Frederick, Fauquier, Loudoun, Rappanhannock, or Warren County who wants to go solar? Now’s your chance! Neighbors have formed the Upper Piedmont Solar Co-op with the help of Solar United[...]
Oct
20
Sat
8:00 am Front Royal Farmers Market @ Near the Gazebo at the Village Commons
Front Royal Farmers Market @ Near the Gazebo at the Village Commons
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Front Royal Farmers Market @ Near the Gazebo at the Village Commons
A Farmer’s Market like no other. Come visit us in Front Royal for a festive time. All domestic products produced by the seller!
10:00 am Pumpkin Patch Festival @ Riverton United Methodist Church
Pumpkin Patch Festival @ Riverton United Methodist Church
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Pumpkin Patch Festival @ Riverton United Methodist Church
Riverton Church (55 E. Strasburg Rd, Front Royal, VA 22630) | October 20-21 from 10am-5pm Free, please bring the whole family for this fun filled day!