Securing Your Smart IoT Devices

It seems that everything you can buy comes with a smartphone app and an Internet connection.  As cool and shiny and modern as this is, every Internet connected device is one more place for a cyber-attacker or criminal to get onto your network and into your business.  There are steps you need to take to protect these cool toys from exploitation.

These devices include security cameras, refrigerators, thermostats, light bulbs and light ...

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How To Check Your Router For Security Holes

For nearly all home computer users, and many small businesses, the router that connects your home or business to the Internet is the first line of defense. How can you know if there are vulnerable security holes or open ports on your Internet router that might allow access for an attacker?

These routers are also called cable modems or DSL modems, and ...

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SCADA Plus Smartphone Equals Insecure Utilities

What if cyber-criminals or enemy nations could take over the computer control systems that run electric utilities, water systems, or traffic control systems for traffic lights and commuter trains.  The effects could be disastrous.

We have written about these systems before.  These are known as SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) or ICS (industrial control systems).  One of the claims of the industries that use SCADA systems is that they are inherently ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week

File early or an impostor may get your refund.  Especially now that the Equifax credit trove is in the wild.

01/29/2018 08:27 AM EST  Original release date: January 29, 2018

Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week is January 29 ...

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Merry Christmas

Ho ho ho!  Merry Christmas!

We are taking a break from our publishing schedule to celebrate Christmas with our family and friends.

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Hidden Web Cams in Airbnb Rentals and Hotel Rooms?

If you are traveling for the holidays, here is something else to watch for – the hidden web camera.  If you are staying at an Airbnb, or even a traditional hotel or motel over the holidays, be aware that there have been incidents where web cams have been found in the rooms.  Often they are disguised as other devices, such as the “motion ...

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Merry Christmas -The Internet of Insecure Toys

Are the toys you are buying for your kids hackable?Can anyone listen in or have a conversation with your kids via an Internet connected toy?  Sorry, but the answer is “yes.”

We have been writing for a while about the grievous lack of security on Internet-connected “smart” appliances, web cameras, baby monitors, door locks, thermostats, personal assistants, Wi-Fi, Cable, and DSL routers, and other ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


ST17-001: Securing the Internet of Things

11/16/2017 04:52 PM EST  Original release date: November 16, 2017

The Internet of Things refers to any object or device that sends and receives data automatically through the Internet. This rapidly expanding set of “things” includes tags (also known as labels or chips that automatically track objects), sensors, and devices that interact with people and share information ...

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