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What is the IoT?

Many devices you use daily are connected to the internet. Not just smartphones and computers, but home appliances and systems, vehicles, TVs, portable electronics, and even wearable technology.

How the IoT affects your personal security

Many things connected to the internet send information about their use back to the manufacturer. They can also be hacked by outside parties. It's important to understand how to use the IoT without compromising your privacy or security.

Types of IoT technology

IoT in your home

Your entertainment, heating and cooling, and security systems (including baby monitors and toys) can be part of the IoT. But so can “smart” appliances in the kitchen, etc.

IoT on the move

It's not just smart phones. Wearable technology, like smart watches and fitness trackers, are common IoT wearables. Connected clothing, shoes, eyeglasses, and more may be coming soon.

Some cars and other vehicles are now connected to the internet. As well, cameras, gaming systems, pet trackers, and more.

How to recognize IoT devices

Many connected devices and appliances need to be set up using your phone or computer, and connected through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Electronics that send you notifications for software updates are connected to the internet. As is anything that you can track or control through your smartphone or computer.

How to safely use the IoT

  • Understand what personal information is being collected and why it's needed before you buy IoT devices or download apps. 
  • Put IoT devices offline when not in use, particularly anything with a camera or microphone
  • If you can, set the privacy controls so you aren't sharing information you don't want to
  • Change the default username & password of your smart devices to secure your home network.

Learn to #ConnectSmarter with the IoT at GetCyberSafe.ca

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