Smart Home Threats: Securing Your IoT Devices Against Cybercrime and Oversharing

Connected Home Devices

Protect Your Smart Home

The Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses the billions of devices that are connected to the web all over the world. Smart home devices, like virtual assistants, make our lives more convenient but can also present serious security risks and personal intrusion. With over 7 billion connected IoT devices in use worldwide and growing, there is no better time to secure your home against cybercriminals seeking information that could be used against you or your family, and lock down devices that may be collecting more information than you want to share. Continue reading

Connected Vehicles Raise Cybersecurity Concerns

Connected Vehicles & Cybersecurity

Connecting vehicles to the Internet is no longer a far-fetched, futuristic idea. Once seen as an exclusively luxury item, most mainstream car brands now offer vehicle models with connected technology and other autonomous driving features. 

Connected vehicles offer a number of personalized features that once seemed too high-tech to be possible. From Tesla to Toyota, Internet-enabled vehicles have quickly become a popular commodity, particularly amongst Millennial drivers. In fact, experts predict that most, if not all, vehicles will be connected to the Internet by 2035. 
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Connected Technology & The Future of Your Data

Facebook’s recent data scandal with Cambridge Analytica highlights just how much can be collected without your knowledge via third-party apps. The data scandal has been tied to a paid online survey from 2014, requiring participants to download and connect an app to their Facebook pages before receiving payment. It ultimately begs the question: is it possible to use data-driven, connected technology without putting our identities at risk? 

The Age of Technology 

Welcome to the Age of Technology, a world that gives us anything we need with only a few swipes and clicks. As connected technology only continues to grow, it’s safe to say that it will eventually play a role in most – if not all – areas of life. 

In 2017, Cisco predicted that North Americans would have an average of 13 networked devices or connections – per person. It’s now more important than ever to understand what “connected” really means, and how your data plays a role in your day-to-day connections. 

If connecting is a normal part of your day, it’s time we had “The Talk.” As we continue connecting to more networks, devices, friends and cloud storage, it’s imperative we discuss the relationship you have with your data, as well as technology’s role within it.   Continue reading

Keep IoT Security In Mind: Infographic

The… Internet… of… What? 

When you hear “Internet of Things,” or see its abbreviation “IoT,” it may feel rather foreign. But the concept of IoT is simply the connection between humans and Internet-connected devices.  

Today, IoT is so much more than just your smartphone or computer.

You’ve seen IoT in action if you’ve ever used an Alexa or Echo Dot home device. You’ve used IoT if you’ve ever sent a document to a wireless printer.

You may even wear IoT devices if you own FitBits, iWatches or other types of step counters. 

Surprised IoT is more familiar than you thought?

If you’ve read our previous posts about the risks of using unsecured Wi-Fi networks, you can see how IoT security is more relevant than ever. While IoT is an integral part of our everyday lives, many devices lack proper security standards. The unfortunate truth — while convenient, IoT is quickly becoming another way for criminals to access your personal information. Continue reading