Here are the most vulnerable connected devices in your home

Your connected security cameras give you peace of mind. They serve both as a deterrent to criminals and can provide evidence to the police in case you are the victim of a burglary.

We have bad news. Scammers can easily jam your cameras with a $15 gadget, blinding them. Tap or click here to learn how the trick works and what you can do to prevent it.

Now here is worse news. Blocking what your cameras see is one thing, but hackers can also use them to break into your network. And it’s not just the cameras. We’ll show you how to secure your most vulnerable devices.

Here is the backstory

Cybersecurity researchers at Precursor identified connected devices most likely to be hacked. The results included IoT (Internet of Things) devices commonly found in our homes. Any device connected to a network to send and receive data falls under IoT.

Criminals who hack into these devices can cause many problems:

  • They can plant malware or ransomware.
  • They can obtain sensitive information from the data transferred by the devices.
  • They can use the devices as a gateway to access your network.
  • Once in your network, they can access your other devices, like your computer.

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Here are the five most vulnerable IoT devices:

  • IP camera: This includes any surveillance camera connected to a network.
  • VoIP: Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a type of telephone system that uses an Internet connection to make and receive calls.
  • Video conference: It became very popular at the start of the pandemic and many people and businesses still use video conferencing every day.
  • ATM: Researchers found that many ATMs are on the same network as other IoT devices, such as security cameras. Hackers can use these devices to gain access to ATMs.
  • Printers: As you focus on securing your computer, router, phone, and other connected devices, remember that your printer is another vulnerability. Tap or click here for five steps to prevent hackers from accessing your printer.

How to stay safe

There are a few simple steps you can take to protect your connected devices and reduce the risk of hacking:

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