More and more, with the growth of the IoT (Internet of things), we are adding to our network. Don’t take me wrong, being able to see who is at your front door, or adjusting your thermostat on the way home is great, but these things need Internet access. Unfortunately, these end-points or nodes aren’t always secure. In fact, there was a case where Ring Doorbell had a vulnerability that if someone had access to the doorbell unit they could get your Wi-Fi password, which would give them access to your whole network. Some brands, like Ring, are on top of it and patch known issues quickly, but some—not so much. My suggested solution is network segregation. This could include using a guest network on your wireless router, or multiple routers and segregated networks via multiple devices. In my case, I went overkill with the latter option—someone commented on the number of routers I have in place. The idea of network segregation is even if someone has access to one of your IoT devices, it should not bounce over to your home network. So if you use IoT devices and want to segregate your network but don’t know how, give me a call.
So in today’s age most people are on the internet I some form, even if it is via a smartphone. So why should we be on the internet you ask. Well I will start by saying ease of use and security are on opposite ends of a balancing bar. Look at it as a see-saw, so security is on one end and ease is on the other. So obviously the most secure would be to not be on the internet, but that would not be easy. So without this being a security talk (Trust me we will at some point) let’s just look at the good about the internet. So typically if you use the internet even at the basic level it is just for e-mail. Well this in itself is a big advantage over basic mail delivery or snail mail as they call it in the IT world. So let’s say I want to tell a friend in California about a great thing in my life but the phone is not an option. The typical snail mail could take 2-7 days, but e-mail could only take a matter of seconds, plus no postage. Also lets say I wanted to add pictures, that would add to the cost in snail mail, where in can add them as an attachment or a URL (Uniform Resource Identifier) and they have the pictures no extra cost. So know lets say you want to chat with them, well you have text chat options on the internet, but also you can use an application such as Skype. These applications allow you to actually be able to talk with the human voice like a phone with another person at very low cost. Obviously there are many reason to use the internet, but if secured there are very few reasons not to. Now most people readying his won’t need to, but share it with friends and family. As the older age group can’t get around as well the internet can keep them connected to the world. Just remember as I saw on an internet MEME. “I am OK teaching my Mom to use a computer. After all she taught me to use a spoon.”