Costa Mesa, Calif., Dec. 27, 2016 — Internet-connected devices were among the top holiday sales this year. Around the world more and more people are using devices like virtual assistants (such as Amazon Echo and Google Home), smart TVs and connected watches to make their lives easier — and in some cases better. But this isn’t without risk. In our search for convenience, do we have to sacrifice privacy?
“A common mistake many of us make with internet-connected devices is that we treat each one individually. The Internet of Things is only as strong as its weakest link. That’s why it’s so important to understand and treat each connected device as part of a broader network,” said Steve Platt, global executive vice president, Fraud and Identity, Experian. “I don’t necessarily think about someone hacking into my new smart thermostat and accessing temperature preferences. But if they can access my thermostat, they can get into my Wi-Fi network. From there they can access my computer or other connected devices where I have a lot more private and valuable information.”
The good news: You can have both convenience and privacy, as long as you know how to secure your devices along the way. Today we have eight tips to help you protect your identity while enjoying your new gifts.
Internet-connected devices provide endless possibilities, but they rely on technology and collected data to deliver on their promises. By following these tips, you can enjoy the conveniences and stay safe at the same time.
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