Does this sound like something out of a movie? Doesn't have to be! Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) almost anything can be turned on or off and can be connected to the internet; locks, lights and household appliances just to name a few.
Even the most random appliance can turn into a connected device. Cloud software is creating a new way of interacting with data. It may seem a little "George Jetson" but IoT is really about improving relationships between people and things.
How many friends do you know that wear a Fitbit to track their steps and calories? People are using GPS trackers on their pets, webcam home security and weather monitoring. No longer do you have to worry about if you left the stove on, just push a button on your phone and turn it off!
So what's the bad news? With connectivity comes risk. Anything that is connected to the internet is open to exploitation. The webcam that allows you watch over your home may also allow others to see it as well, but only if it is not properly secured. It is necessary to have networking protections in the background that will save you from attacks.
Don't be afraid to enjoy all your new fun tech gadgets-just make sure they are set up securely! If you need our help with properly securing your IoT devices just give us a call-we love keeping our clients safe!