The Better Business Bureau is putting out warnings about popular “hackable” technology, and how consumers can better protect themselves.
Officials warning about the dangers of the “Internet of Things” or IoT. Those items include smart televisions, smartphones, tablets, cameras, household appliances and wearable health devices; everyday objects that connect to the Internet to send and receive data.
While these things have an overall goal of making life easier and more convenient, they also present growing privacy and security concerns.
“That personal health monitor strapped to your wrist can collect data about the usage, locations and user,” said Dennis Horton, director of the Rockford Regional Office of the BBB. “The kind of information that vendors and criminals can use for all kinds of purposes.”
There are safeguards users can take. They include re-setting default passwords on the devices, ensuring your Wi-Fi is secured, make sure your devices are virus and malware free and to read and familiarize yourself with the manufacturer’s instructions, particularly about connecting to the Internet.
The Federal Trade Commission estimates there are over 25 billion IoT devices in use worldwide right now.
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