Convenience has always been the general conception around the internet and what it allows us to accomplish with little or no effort. Through ignorance, we allow ourselves to be exposed with no regard to the risks involved.
IoT (Internet of Things) is a general term for any device connected to the internet. What most people don’t realise is, unless properly secured, these devices are accessible to millions of people. Your home security cameras and routers are some of the most common devices hackers and scammers target for malicious intent.
Like Google, these IoT devices are indexed by a service called Shodan and can be viewed by anyone with an internet connection.
Through a basic search, our research team came across a list of webcams open to public view. The Shodan service also provides detailed information about the IoT device such as location, open ports and, in some cases, default usernames and passwords.
Someone with malicious intent would be able to see when you are home and what you have that might be of value. With this information and access to your physical location, the risk is self-evident.
Our unique ability to blindly trust providers and installers to secure these devices often end in default configurations such as usernames and passwords. Default configuration information on supplier equipment is generally available through manufacturer websites and online manuals.
Have professionals install your devices and demand they secure your IoT device with access details only you are in control of.
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