Data Privacy and the Internet of Things at Home
Date posted: October 9, 2018
The Internet of Things refers to the “smart” or “connected” devices that connect to each other via the Internet. They collect and share information, including your personal information (sometimes more than you realize), and that can introduce cyber security risks. While many are aware of the risks to devices at work, there are devices at home that are at risk, too.
The theme for this week in Cyber Security Awareness Month is Buy Secure. Acquiring devices and apps from reputable sources is one step towards limiting the potential risk to data.
For more information on protecting your data on the Internet of Things, read:
- How to Keep Your Smart Home Safe – from Stay Safe Online
- The Internet of Things at Home – from Get Cyber Safe
- Privacy and the Internet of Things – from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
- Protect your personal data – from the Clicklaw Blog
- Your guide to securing the smart devices you’ll give and receive this holiday. – from TELUS Wise- good advice for any time of year
Wondering how much data you’re sharing through your smart devices? Kahmir Hill and Surya Mattu outfitted an apartment with 18 different inter-connected devices and built a special router to track what information the devices were reporting. Watch the TED Talk, What your smart devices know (and share) about you, to see what they found out.