The internet of things (IoT) plays a big role in our everyday routine, whether we realize it or not. These include things like the wireless speaker playing music at your favorite coffee shop to the wireless printer at your office.
Although this increased connection makes many tasks convenient and accessible, it opens up a lot of new opportunities for hackers that weren’t previously available. Most don’t realize how important IoT security is until it’s too late.
Common Wireless and IoT Security Risks
We’ve already mentioned a few devices that are hackable, but there are still many more pieces of technology that you should familiarize yourself with from all parts of your day. Take a look at what devices may be putting you at risk.
1. Heading to Work
Hackers have unfortunately found numerous ways to hack your car. Emerging tech found in and used for your car are the most prominent culprits. For instance, hackers can clone a key fob’s signal to steal a car. Researchers were recently able to hack a Tesla key fob. In addition, on-board GPS can be used to locate your car and remotely unlock, start and drive your car.
2. On the Job Site
Even blue collar industries are susceptible to hacks. The evolving technology most industries are adopting can be susceptible to wireless security attacks. Construction sites in particular are beginning to use technology like drones and wearable tech to improve productivity. However, these devices can also be remotely (and unknowingly) hacked.
3. In the Office
Wireless printers, wireless office speakers and security systems are all prime IoT security risks that make a big impact on your work day and physical safety. For instance, a hacked printer seems harmless until you learn about the numerous ways a hacker can manipulate it. Hackers can also remotely cause physical damage to printers that can put everyone in the office at risk.
4. At Home
IoT security is just as crucial at home than it is when you’re going about your day. Your home could be a hacker’s playground depending on how “smart” you keep your house. Smart devices like TVs and refrigerators are susceptible since they aren’t always built with safety at the forefront of their design. Hackers can remotely control hacked TVs by turning it on and off, changing channels, changing the volume, playing adult content and even spying on the household if the TV has a camera.
The list of hackable devices is always growing. Can’t keep up? Equipment rental network BigRentz put together a visual guide of surprisingly hackable devices in our everyday lives. Check out the infographic here.
Wireless and IoT Security Tips for Everyone to Follow
Regular cybersecurity training is crucial to minimize these risks and to ensure everyone on your team is on the same page when it comes to data security. Contrary to what some may think, cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility because everyone is capable of putting your company or your family at risk.
To get started, here are just a few ways you can protect yourself against IoT hackers:
- Register your devices with the manufacturers: This will normally add you to their mailing list and they will notify you when new security upgrades come out and if they find any vulnerabilities with your device.
- Keep all of your technology up to date: Frequently installing security patches and updated your tech will more likely secure you from the latest threats.
- Rent equipment you don’t use frequently: The less hackable machines you have at home and at work, the less likely you are to be a victim of a hack.
If you think your team understands the basics and want to take their knowledge to the next level, learn more about Cybint’s advanced training to see how we can prepare your team for today’s threats.