Is Consumer Security And Protection Largely In The Hands Of Smart Device Manufacturers?
Research tells us that two in every five smart homes are at risk due to weak credentials or unpatched devices. IoT device manufacturers need to do more to protect the consumer’s smart home devices.
The 2019 Avast Smart Home Report tells us that 40.3% of homes around the globe have about 5 smart devices of which 40.8% have at least one vulnerable device. The most common reason for a vulnerability is weak credentials, such as using default passwords or one-factor authentication. 31.8% of these devices were defenseless because they were unpatched.
Ideally, IoT manufacturers should ensure their devices have an impenetrable security layer. Currently, users are expected to take precautions to keep their devices secure, despite the fact that most vulnerabilities are triggered due to unpatched security issues. This security flaw is used by cybercriminals.
With a high diversity of IoT devices on the market, it is difficult and complex to provide protection at the device level, and therefore smart home security needs to begin and end at the network level.
Following easy steps like creating strong passwords, enabling two-factor authentication, and ensuring all devices are up to date can increase your security a great deal.
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