By Sarah Fichter

Smart devices might seem like the superheroes of technology today, but some villains try and weaken intelligent devices and do harm. Many devices have weak points that render them susceptible to breach.

An Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity included a directive for NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) to educate the public on the security capabilities of intelligent devices and other pieces of technology that people use daily.

But what does that mean for you? It means you want to do your best to keep your devices secure.

Here are some quick tips you can follow to aid your efforts.

  • When you buy a new device, research the company and version of the device. Read online reviews, look up the company’s values and goals, determine the security clauses in the paperwork and always read the terms and conditions when buying a new device.
  • Only use the features you need. It is best not to allow access to everything you do on your device- many can be marked for access only when using the app. This option is recommended if access is needed.
  • Create a separate WI-FI network for IoT (Internet of Things) because it can keep your central network safe from hackers.
  • Keep your software updated. Updates improve many bugs, including security bugs, so it is essential to ensure you have the best and most updated version of security for your device.
  • Next-generation firewalls combine traditional firewalls with more security and protection.
  • Create strong passwords for your devices. Do not share your passwords.

The decision to have an intelligent device with quality security is up to you. Many options and companies allow a smart device to function securely. Educating yourself and using these helpful tips may help you in the future to protect your information. If you have questions about cyber insurance, contact the TrustPoint Insurance & Real Estate team.