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How that IoT camera you got for the holidays is going to break the internet

This infographic breaks down some basic tips on how to prevent yourself from getting hacked in the age of IoT.

How to stop your home from being hacked

A few weeks ago, internet service was disrupted to 80 major websites in the United States, including Twitter and Netflix, for the better part of a day. It was a DDoS, or distributed denial of service, attack thought to be carried out by teenagers in Eastern Europe. They took over unprotected WiFi enabled devices and used them to bombard the internet traffic router Dyn, effectively taking the phone off the hook for anyone trying to access certain websites.

In the process they exposed a major problem with modern technology: more and more things are becoming internet capable, while security hasn’t yet become a consideration.

So how can you prevent your internet-ready digital camera from allowing hackers a backdoor into your home WiFi network? Segmenting your network and putting unsecured items on their own segment is a great way to start- this prevents them from gaining access to the secured portions of your network. Disabling your network when you aren’t using it is also an easy security measure.

Security is not always easy to build into Wifi devices, and many manufacturers are finding it cost prohibitive. For now the best thing to do is to ask yourself if your refrigerator or crock pot really NEEDS to be WiFi enabled.

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