Wednesday, October 14, 2015

FBI tips for IoT safety: National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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There are more than three billion Internet users across the globe, and in the United States alone, there are over 200 million users who are connected. These staggering stats on connectivity are on the rise, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) movement, making more and more everyday objects capable of communicating data to other machines, apps and services.

But there are also downsides to connectivity, especially as things like light bulbs, doorknobs and security systems are controllable via mobile apps and tap into home networks. The increase in internet-connected devices grants more access to personal data and home networks, where hackers can spread malware, steal credit card information and remotely control the devices upon which we rely. As October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the FBI is sharing some safety tips to consumers, and highlighting security issues we should all keep in mind. 

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