In the modern IT era, there are a lot of individual and home use Internet-enabled devices, including smart phones, smart watches, home routers, electronic game consoles, and a variety of smart home devices. While bringing convenience to life, it may also bring certain information security risks. Therefore, we would like to provide some security tips for you to ensure that the devices you are using are assets, rather than burdens.
- Make sure your computer program is up to date Keep updating the system and software programs of the device regularly. If the anti-malware program has been installed, it should be updated to avoid damage or infection by malware;
- Secure your network The wireless network should be protected properly using WPA2 encryption, complex passwords, and the software of WiFi router at home should be updated regularly;
- Learn more about your device Have a solid understanding on how a device works, the nature of its connection to the Internet, and the type of information it stores and transmits;
- Understand how to keep devices up to date Read the instructions carefully to understand all necessary safe use methods, including changing the default password and precautions;
- Understand the data content being collected Some smart devices will collect data. Take some time to understand what information your connected devices collect and how the information is managed and used;
- Know how your data is stored Smart devices will send and store the collected data on cloud. Therefore, users should be aware of where the data is stored and the security measures to protect personal data;
- Do more studies Before adopting new smart devices, study and understand more about other users’ evaluation on the security and privacy of the devices and service provider.