Dangers of Smart Devices: How to secure them

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Dangers of Smart Devices_ How to secure them

Introduction:

I have been wanting to write about those smart devices, Amazon Echo, Google Nest, Apple Homepod.

I might be old school, and raised this way. But my family always told me never to talk to strangers and give everybody your information. Don’t tell everybody your business online, use a nickname when you sign up to something. When I think back in the day we cared a lot more about our privacy, because the more they know about you, the more they can control you or use your information.

Apple HomePod

Going back in time.

My mom always told me never tell a stranger your business, use a nickname when you go online, people can steal your identity, or hack and steal your ID.  This is all a tool for the governments surveillance, I know Google and Apple has been working with the communist Chinese party on the Social Credit score. Which many human rights organizations has been critical off. Back in the days they were already putting cameras in cable boxes, to check our behavior when we watch a certain program. Just be careful with the smart devices and make sure your router is secure and you turn off features you don’t need.

Google Nest

Now

In these days they don’t need to hide cameras anymore, now you buy them for your convenience, they are smartphones, in the cars to see if you are falling asleep, know exactly where you are with builtin GPS, camera and microphones listening where you are 24/7 , how long you sleep with your smartwatch. These smart devices are dangerous and could become a tool for mass surveillance.

Amazon Echo

How to at least secure your smart devices

Like regular computers these devices are computers on the inside too, and they are also a target for hackers. If they have control they can hear and see everything you are doing in your house, including confidential information, bank account info, social security numbers etc.

  1. Router: If the Router is older then 5 years, replace it. Give your new router a new random name, g&vrt_w$ogwef!27321 for example. Also use the strongest encryption available on your router and  use a random password generator that uses symbols numbers upper and lower case letters. Also change the default username and password on your router. Keep your router up to date
  2. IOT: Disable all the features on your smart device you don’t need, such as remote access, update your device with the latest software.
  3. Other: Also keep the devices that are connected to the IOT Smart Home device up to date, Delete apps you don’t use, check for a firmware update for your smartphone. Use two-factor-authentication wherever possible. Don’t connect your phone to unknown public hot-spots. And don’t use public charging stations!
  4. Common sense, if it sounds to good to be true it mostly is. Don’t click yes on something you don’t on your smartphone or PC know what it will do, read the message and if in doubt, close it by the x. Run regular virus scans on your computer and smartphone from reputable manufacturers, like Norton, Avast, McAfee, Sophos. Also run MalwareBytes  to scan for malware on your computer about once a week too.

Conclusion:

I know this isn’t a fully completed guide. I know I might be missing somethings, drop a line in the comment section below if there are better ways to secure your smart devices from spying eyes. This is the bare minimum you can do to prevent spying eyes and ears on you and your family. Privacy is a sacred thing and that should be the nr1. Because without privacy you have no private life. And only opens doors to tyranny and we should not want that. The other thing you could consider is to enable a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service for your smart devices, it just ads another layer of protection.

I hope this guide was helpful. And don’t forget to leave a comment below if you found this useful or if I missed something.

 

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