Along with the increasing uses of IoT gadgets, data security sometimes comprises. A Report back in 2018 identifies 105 million smart device attacks which were very alarming for the users and industries that were dependent on the data. Especially the security department had to strengthen their data security and other credentials.
People are now completely dependable on internet-connected cars, cameras, medical devices, computers, smartphones, climate control devices, drones, and smart home appliances. Its impact on the system and its users will depend upon how well its security system working on the data security threat.
Some Internet of Things (IoT) Vulnerabilities
There are so many IoT threats from which we can learn. In this article, we will discuss about two of such agonizing case studies:
Smart voice assistant devices like Google Home and Amazon Alexa are becoming an integral part of various homes and eventually, people become more reliant on these devices. Hackers are naturally attracted to these devices, especially because of its outstanding ability to listen and ask questions. It has the ability to phish out important credentials like id, Password, credit card numbers from its users. These eventually create cyber security issues when they have stopped providing access to that device.
Such devices can automate various household tasks which can save a considerable time of the users. But there was a threat regarding some else can take over the control of such devices so the whole house infrastructure will go out of the hand of the user.
Exactly same happened with a Milwaukee couple on 2019, September 17. After a long day when they returned home, they noticed the inside temperature was extremely hot, and the Wi-Fi was turned on, it was connected with a thermostat commanding 90 degrees Fahrenheit. When they tried to set the temperature back to room temperature, it was not working; it was automatically kept on rising by itself. By that time, they also heard a stranger’s voice and unusual music coming from the kitchen camera.
The couple then tried to change the Password of their Google Nest device, but eventually, that could not fix their problem until their internet provides help them to change the id of the network.
Developers can solve problems with their products. However, a major beach can turn down the company’ reputation. The entire system may need to compromise with the network, affecting the smoothness device operation of thousands of users, so it is crucial for the businesses to take care of their network, ultimately at the end, they have to collect their revenues.
After evaluating the sensitivity of the threats following are some of the measures that IoT developers suggest to adopt in order to reduce the security threat of their devices:
Consumers can be frustrated from unwanted breaching experience, as sometimes it can be devastating and irreversible. Every user must concern about their device security for that reason in every security device companies integrate such setting options with which users can recover their devices to some extent.
Here is the list, what users can do protect their devices from a sudden breach.
Smart Cities face a lot of issues on a bigger scale while dealing with connected IoT devices. Government has a huge responsibility to keep the credentials of its citizens’ safety. For that reason, there are certain policies that the government follows:
In order to maintain a high level of security system consumers, programmers, sellers, customers must be very careful while using various connected application and its services. Be very careful while paying through multiple wallets. Nowadays most of the apps are interdepend, so when one gets hit, chances are there rest of them interrupt its function.
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