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smart devicesSmart devices seemed to have permeated every aspect of daily life.  We have smart phones, smart watches, smart doorbells and even smart thermostats.  These items bring a lot of convenience into our lives.

However, these conveniences come with vulnerabilities.

As we’ve told you in the past, hackers are always looking for new ways to make money.  They are always looking for new ways to access your information, take your information hostage, or steal it directly from your accounts.

Bringing these smart items into our lives and into our homes means potentially giving hackers another avenue to use.  Don’t think for a moment that they won’t exploit potential liabilities.

Smart Devices Can Let Hackers, Malware into Your Home or Business

Smart devices are virtually unavoidable.  Just about anything you buy these days connects to your Wi-Fi, which connects to your computer.

Because of this, your new smart TV or even smart light bulb could let hackers into your network.

Forbes recently reported that the FBI issued a warning that hackers may use smart technology to conduct a digital drive-by.  Without even entering your house, hackers tap into your smart gadget.  This could be a TV, a printer, a new smart refrigerator.  This enables them to get into your router and access everything on your home or business network.

smart devicesResearchers at cyber security firm Check Point were able to gain access through a smart light bulb.  Getting into your network, they say, allows hackers to plant malware, smuggle your information, or steal credentials.

To avoid such problems, the FBI suggests automating the firmware on all your devices, if possible.  Regularly check for patches if automating capabilities don’t exist.  Additionally, firewalling on your core network from the network of your internet of everything devices provides more security.

Basically, one of the best steps you can take is to have one network for your smart gadgets and one network for your laptops and computers.  While this could be expensive, it’s the only way to make sure your information stays safe.

The Keating Agency has been your local, independent insurance agent for 50 years.  We provide information like this to help you stay informed.  It’s the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your business.

If you have any questions about cybersecurity, or other issues, please give us a call.  The Keating Agency is here for you.

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