The latest research suggests that most of us are clueless about how to keep our IoT devices secure.
Despite the fact that more and more of us are turning our once humble dwellings into fully-connected smart homes, recent research shows that most of us actually have no clue how to keep our devices secure.
The survey by mobile and internet security provider BullGuard, which targeted over 6,000 UK residents, revealed that a shocking 72% of consumers don’t know how to secure their connected devices.
That doesn’t mean they aren’t scared, though. An even greater 78% of those surveyed are worried about security risks like viruses, malware, and hackers, while 66% expressed concern over data collected by device manufacturers being inappropriately used or stolen.
Although the fear is very real, many of those surveyed have failed to take basic precautions against attacks. From 81% of people who said that they are more than capable of setting up their own WiFi router, 63% of those people haven’t actually changed their router’s password. Even the 22% of consumers with advanced technical skills aren’t confident in their ability to keep their connected devices secure.
Paul Lipman, CEO of BullGuard, is clearly concerned about the nation’s evident lack of IoT security know-how. Lipman said, “Most of us have been working with internet connected devices such as computers, smartphones and tablets for some time, but the Internet of Things is changing our perception of personal security, for both ourselves and our data. It’s not just those who consider themselves ‘technophobes’ that have these concerns – tech savvy users are saying the same.”
More worrying still is the reported third of consumers who have already fallen victim of a security incident or privacy problem in the past. With over a quarter of consumers planning to buy IoT devices in the next 12 months alone, and still no official security standards establish for the IoT industry, it’s a wake-up call for us all to strengthen the virtual ramparts of both our IoT homes and other portable devices like smartphones and tablets.
The good news is that hope isn’t entirely lost. There’s a growing number of smart home security devices designed to field off potentially nasty predators, including the self-proclaimed virtual smart home guard dog, Cujo, and WiFi router stroke cyber shield, F-Secure.
- Story via: PR Newswire