50 Billion Devices Will Be Online by 2020
The Internet of Things (IoT) describes the technological trend of connecting traditionally non-digital items (“things” like: refrigerators, clothing, etc.) to the Internet so that you can monitor and control them remotely. Sounds convenient, right?
The below infographic depicts what a home of the future could look like.
With the IoT taking off, how can you protect yourself? When shopping for devices that are Internet-enabled, ask yourself if you truly need the device to be networked. With an estimated 50 Billion IoT devices online by 2020 (Cisco), only about 50% of them will be designed with security in mind. Only buy devices with built-in security features like:
- Usernames and passwords that you set up;
- Automated alerts; and
- Software firewalls that block access from the Internet back into your home.
IoT devices will utilize your home Wi-Fi, so make sure you have enabled WPA2 Encryption and that your router and IoT operating systems are up to date. And of course, never give out your Wi-Fi password. For extra protection, have an IT security professional configure all of your Internet-enabled devices, including IoT, laptops, tablets and smartphones.