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Securing Ireland’s connected devices: A guide for consumers

Securing Ireland’s Connected Devices: A Guide for Consumers

As the number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in Ireland continues to grow, the need to secure these devices becomes increasingly important. Connected devices can include everything from smart home appliances and thermostats to wearables and health monitors, and they all pose a risk of being hacked or compromised in some way. In this article, we’ll discuss the steps that consumers can take to secure their connected devices and protect their personal information.

  1. Change default passwords

Many connected devices come with default login credentials that are widely known by hackers. It’s important to change these default passwords to something strong and unique. Avoid using easily guessable passwords like “password” or “1234,” and opt for a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. It’s also important to change passwords regularly.

  1. Keep devices up to date

Software updates often include security patches that fix vulnerabilities in connected devices. Be sure to keep all your devices up to date with the latest firmware and software releases to reduce the risk of exploitation by hackers.

  1. Use secure Wi-Fi networks

Public Wi-Fi networks are often unsecured and can be easily hacked. When connecting to Wi-Fi networks, be sure to use only secure networks that require a password. If you’re connecting to a public Wi-Fi network, use a VPN to encrypt your connection and protect your data.

  1. Disable unnecessary features

Many connected devices come with features that you may not need, like Bluetooth or location services. Disabling these features can reduce the risk of your device being hacked.

  1. Protect your home network

Securing your home network is important for protecting all your connected devices. Use a strong and unique password for your Wi-Fi network, enable network encryption, and disable remote access to your router.

  1. Use two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication provides an additional layer of security by requiring a code in addition to a password to access an account. Many connected devices now offer two-factor authentication as an option, so be sure to enable it when available.

  1. Be cautious with third-party apps

Third-party apps can pose a risk to your connected devices. Be sure to download apps only from trusted sources and read reviews before downloading. Also, be sure to read the permissions requested by the app before installing it, as some apps may ask for access to data they don’t need.

In conclusion, securing your connected devices is important for protecting your personal information from cyber threats. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can reduce the risk of your devices being hacked or compromised. Remember to always be cautious with your personal information and take steps to protect it from cybercriminals.


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