Everything You Need to Know About IoT

September 30, 2021

Everything You Need to Know about the IoT

Have you ever heard of the term IoT? Are you confused about what it means? Read on to learn all about IoT and why it is important to be extra picky with your connected devices.

What is the IoT?

IoT or Internet of Things, refers to the millions of physical devices worldwide that are sharing and collecting data through their connection to the internet. The connection of all of these devices and objects allows for real-time communication without involvement of a human being - meaning that our devices are able to “talk” to one another through a combination of sensors and connective technology.

Benefits of IoT

The benefits of IoT is that it allows us to streamline our daily lives and communications. Odds are, you probably use multiple IoT devices in a single day and don’t even realize it. IoT devices help us with our day to day activities by automating processes, giving us access to live data and allowing us to seamlessly connect with others. Beyond individual use, businesses are also using IoT devices to help with their daily activities. This can lead to benefits such as cost savings, better use of human resources, increased productivity and more.

What is an IoT Device?

Almost anything can be considered an IoT device, from smartphones to smart cars, pretty much anything that is connected to the Internet and can communicate information is considered an IoT device. Some obvious examples are tablets, computers and wearable fitness tracking devices. Other unusual IoT devices include smart deodorant, smart toilets and smart salt shakers to name a few.

Things to Look for When Connecting a New IoT Device to Your Home:

1. Company’s Reputation:

It is important to consider the reputation and the history of the company behind the device. Has the company suffered a breach in the past? How did they handle the breach? Not only is it important to consider the security of your devices but also consider the company’s values and history and go with reputable options whenever possible. You can easily google the company’s name alongside “breach” or other concerns to see what their history is.

2. Number of Companies:

Are you introducing various different companies into your home or office? Instead of connecting to too many different companies, it can be better to centralize to a few reputable companies that you trust.

3. Company Security:

Does the company have your security in mind? Your device should come with default usernames and passwords but it is important that they prompt you to change them upon startup. If they do not, this is an immediate red flag. Your device should also give you the option for two or multi-factor authentication - this is an incredibly important part of keeping your accounts secure. These are two important things to look for to ensure that the company has your security and privacy as a priority.

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