Phil Ferraro, Global Head of J.P. Morgan’s Client Cyber Awareness Program, brings you five best practices that you can implement today to keep your smart devices cyber secure.
Most people choose weak passwords for their smart home devices because they seem unimportant –smart televisions, gaming consoles, computers, printers, digital watches, nanny cams, security systems, refrigerators, smart vacuum cleaners, thermostats, workout equipment… However, they contain sensitive information that, if placed in the wrong hands, can pose a security threat to you, your family and your assets.
Cybercriminals can put even the most innocent-seeming devices to nefarious uses. A home thermostat could reveal you are not at the house when the heating temperature is set at a minimum. Or a smart vacuum can create a map of your entire home layout. And voice-controlled virtual assistants, while turned on, are constantly processing the conversations around them.
Phil Ferraro, Global Head of J.P. Morgan’s Client Cyber Awareness Program, brings you five best practices that you can implement today to keep your smart devices cyber secure:
- Keep a separated network for all your business, financial, sensitive transactions, and remote work.
- Update your smart devices and related control apps to the latest software versions.
- Choose complex passwords and change them across devices.
- Mute, unplug, or disable those smart devices that may be listening, responding, or capturing information when not in use.
- Use a webcam cover on your computers, laptops, tablets and fitness equipment when you’re not using their cameras.
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