Source: Experian Did you recently score an Amazon Echo or sleek, new smart TV? While these Internet-connected devices can enhance your home life in so many ways, they can also pose a security threat to your privacy. Internet-connected devices rely on technology and collected data to deliver on their promises.
According to Experian, you can have both convenience and privacy, as long as you know how to secure your devices along the way. Here are eight tips for protecting your identity while enjoying your new gadget:
1. Make sure the products and services you are connecting were purchased from reputable companies.
2. Take a few minutes to review the privacy and data usage policies for each product or service. These privacy policies and data-use statements should be clear, easy to read and easy to understand. It’s important to know how your personal data is used, stored or shared and to be comfortable with the terms before using the device.
3. Look for devices that use end-to-end encryption, meaning third parties can’t read or listen to your communications. More and more products are including this terminology right in the product description. If it’s not there, ask.
4. Be careful when turning on features for less secure devices. Remember that a less secure device can open a door into your network, which can lead to access to other connected devices.
5. Change the default password before connecting the device to your network and enable two-factor authentication options, when available, for additional security. For example, you might use a username and password plus something else that only you know.
6. Pay extra attention to your Wi-Fi network and leverage all available security options, including things like router and network passwords, encryption, firewalls and firmware.
7. Be aware of the applications installed on devices, and download applications only from reputable providers. Also, only download apps created by trusted entities.
8. Make sure children are supervised when using Internet-enabled devices, especially when downloading apps and connecting to other devices.
Following these tips will allow you to make your home smarter and safer. Contact me for more home tips and real estate news!