Are you concerned about protecting the data from your smart devices?
Are you worried they may be transmitting data back to the manufacturer?
That’s because you don’t what sort of data they are gathering.
Does a smart toy need to collect a child’s interactions? Does your smart TV need to send data on your viewing habits to hundreds of other companies?
How to protect your smart device data
Most companies are less than transparent with users when it comes to telling them how they are collecting data, what data they are gathering, how they are using it, or whether they are selling it onto third parties.
It’s usually available if you know where to look for it. A hint – take a look at the impenetrable terms and conditions.
Here are a few steps you can take to protect your smart devices (courtesy of Bullguard):
Smart devices come with an app or web interface so you can set them to operate according to your preferences. Some have privacy controls so you can explore the app/web interface so see exactly what these controls are and whether you can adjust the settings to control the data that is collected and shared.
When you register a smart device or sign up for a service, set up a separate email account that you use specifically for this purpose. You can use different names and so on, so if something goes wrong, your actual data won’t be compromised.
Google and Apple are increasingly taking steps to protect privacy. B their operating systems, now give you greater control over what data smartphone apps can access. Check the settings menus in your device for these features.
In addition to these, you should also:
- Set strong passwords– To improve security you should set a strong yet but memorable password or passphrase. You should also do this on your router.
- Keep your software up to date – Some smart devices will update automatically, but it’s worth checking the device or app periodically.
- Voice-controlled smart devices, such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, are vulnerable to the simplest hack – someone else talking to them. You can turn off voice purchasing from the Echo’s Alexa app, or you can set up a four-digit passcode to give an extra layer of security.
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