Secure Your IoT Hardware From Hackers
Connected devices, computers, and smart people are being designed and put into the world virtually every day. Many of those devices include sensors, which help in collecting data and information. There are even sensors that help keep the devices charged. However, without an understanding of what hackers can do to your devices, you’ll have a hard time communicating with your customers about which devices to buy.
Knowing what hackers can do to your devices
The potential damage that hackers can do to your devices is vast. Some hacks are meant to disable your device so that it cannot be used anymore. Other hacks are meant to steal information from your devices, such as its username and password. The username and password are then used to steal your customer’s confidential information, which can be used at your own expense. Some hackers are even committing fraud by using the same username and password on several bank accounts. All of these things are possible, and they’re happening more and more.
So what’s the first step you need to take?
1. What kind of sensors are on your device?
Connectable devices using proprietary protocols have become a popular choice for consumers, and you’ll find innumerable applications from the Internet of things (IoT) up to robots and even groceries. Since proprietary protocols vary, you need to ensure that you have a device that supports the protocol you’re using. Almost all latest sockets use a proprietary protocol, and you need to ensure your device is using the same protocol as your competition.
2. HTTP is not secure enough to interactively
The Internet has become so enormous that you can’t even keep up with what you see. If you see a website that allows you to input some confidential data, you need to have additional security in place to prevent anyone ‘eavesdropping’ on that data. You are likely to have seen times when someone is installing a new device, or reviewing your device, and if they see any information that may compromise your company’s data, they are going to be able to see it, either by having physical access to the device or by using some sort of eavesdropping device.
Additionally, you need to make sure that your device is using the most current encryption technology to ensure that anyone who has captured your device has had access to its settings and intellectual property.
3. You need to update your security software regularly
The cloud computing technology will create a new variety of tasks for software developers to complete. And while it will be interesting to see how these developers make use of this technology in the future, we can’t help but notice that today’s version of SQL, ASP, and other languages may not have much better protection than we used to have.
It is our opinion that any company involved in the Internet industry needs to have solid Internet security protection to ensure that customer information is protected while they are online. This is especially true if the company creates or auctions, or sells goods and services online.
As the Internet becomes more elaborate, so does the potential for fraudulent charges and illegal practices. Users can rest assured that their money will be well-hidden. If despite that security, with all the latest developments in technology, you still feel that your company is still being ‘hacked’, then your security software needs are going to suffer. There are unscrupulous elements online waiting to jump at the first chance they get to illegally invade your computer. And if your Internet business is already going down the drain (because your customers are losing confidence in your ability to supply them with your products or services), then you are going to lose even more clients.
There are some simple steps you can take to enhance your security while you are online. If you don’t know how, check out our simple tutorial videos on how to hide your IP address (the line of defense against hackers), or our easy-to-readable primer Protecting Your Online Identity.
- Be aware that your Internet security is not just about installing new anti-virus software and firewalls, but instead it is about maintaining your software and hardware devices to ensure they are free from vulnerabilities.
- Don’t be vulnerable to stupid mistakes!
- Have a foolproof strategy in place for protecting your sensitive data.
- Don’t share large sums of data with others.
- Opt to use online backup services for your data. Confirm that the online backup software will securely store your files for the safety of loss.
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