New Wi-Fi device this holiday? Protect yourself from hackers

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) – Did you buy a new phone, drone, doorbell camera or smart home device, or new toy during this vacation?

If this is the case, you risk opening your identity or even the interior of your home to hackers.

Take a look at your house and see how many connected devices you have. We’re talking about security doorbells and cameras, smart home appliances like televisions, refrigerators, exercise equipment, even smart toys with microphones and cameras.

All of these gadgets collect data about you.

“There is a market for all of this data and technology, information about you, your network, the devices that are on your network, anything that has value and is bought and sold on the dark web”, Chris Rouland, CEO of Phosphorus Cybersecurity, noted.

Rouland added that for any device that connects to your Wi-Fi, you expose yourself to hackers.

“In the hacking world these days, it’s really a business and your baby’s webcam isn’t particularly a business, but it can be bought and sold, and there are people who like to rent with webcams and see them, ”he said. noted.

There are steps you can take to protect yourself.

“It’s important to know what’s attached to your network, and nowadays the concept of guest network is very common and most of the Wi-Fi hotspots, and so maybe you take the toys and gadgets that you don’t really care about, but need internet access to function, put them on your guest network and that way they can’t hack into your computer network that way, ”Rouland said .

Another tip is to never use the default password that came with your router, smart home device, or gadget. Always replace it with a secure and unique password. Experts say it’s easier and easier to hack products now, and it’s a big business, so you need to protect yourself.

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