Take a quick look around your apartment or house. How many things are running on WiFi or are connected to something running on WiFi?
The answer is “a lot”, isn’t it? The days of just running your computer off of your wireless network are long over. Now your smartphone, your sound bar, your waterproof shower radio, that Fitbit on your wrist, and everything on your entertainment center and more require some wireless communication to work properly.
This phenomenon commonly referred to as “The Internet of Things” or “IoT” has inarguably made some things much easier. But with any major technological improvement, there are always drawbacks. Namely, the security of your data.
Internet of Things Hacking & Privacy Issues
One IoT or smart device after another has been hacked in recent years. Smart cars, smart guns, even smart baby monitors… all of these things and more have been shown to be easily compromised.
In addition to these examples, the terrifying Ransomware trend finds Internet-capable devices held hostage by hackers. Hospitals, police departments, and in some cases, small towns have paid out large sums of Bitcoins in order to regain access to their files and IoT devices. Over one billion dollars in Ransomware has been paid out this year alone, according to ZDNet. Moreover, Ransomware delivery vehicles are found in nearly half of all cloud-based malware, per CSO Online.
Even seemingly mundane IoT devices are susceptible to hacks that can create major problems for users. You’d be reasonable to think a “smart fridge” can’t give up too much pertinent data, even if it’s hacked. You’d be wrong, as this Samsung smart fridge that accidentally gave up users’ Gmail credentials evinces.
In conclusion, if it needs the Internet to function, it’s hackable. If it’s hackable, it’s a danger to the security of your private information. So the real question is are these these IoT or smart gadgets really smart enough? Maybe they need a little more help then they thought in being fully secured for now and into the future.
How To Secure Internet of Things Devices By Default
The Internet of Things will always be dangerous, according to some. There are those in powerful positions losing sleep over the issue. And it’s certainly easy to see their point. Hacked cars and rifles are no one’s idea of safe, and you’re making your home more hackable by increasing the amount of hackable items in it.
But you’re not about to swear off Internet-capable devices. Therefore, we must learn to live with the safety issues raised by the IoT or smart devices. And for that, you’re going to need VPN encryption on all devices as a default.
For those who are already familiar with VPN service providers, this simply means making VPN your default wired of wireless network. For the unfamiliar, it’s past time to get to know VPNs.
VPN, or Virtual Private Networks, are subscription-based services that provide an additional layer of cybersecurity protection. Connect a device through a VPN and all of your online data is tunneled through encrypted servers set up around the world. This process makes your data untraceable, and therefore effectively secures it from hackers eyes.
That’s why you need VPN encryption by default on your entire network. If you’re going to run an increasing number of devices off your WiFi, it better be secure WiFi. It better be a VPN.
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Support Your VPN and IoT Devices With a FlashRouter
Your VPN supports your online security, just as one of our FlashRouters will provide the support your VPN requires.
VPNs encrypt and decrypt a lot of data in real time, which is what it takes to keep you safe. Due to this constant flood of activity, VPNs require a lot of bandwidth to work properly. As a result, you need a powerful router to process all of that bandwidth, and therefore you need a FlashRouter.
FlashRouters revolutionize wireless networks. Routers typically come burdened with stock firmware that are loaded with inadequacies and flaws. At FlashRouters, we ditch the stock firmware in favor of third party replacements like DD-WRT and Tomato. DD-WRT and Tomato are open source, which consequently means the open source community are continuously updating them.
What’s more, FlashRouters designs our devices to be VPN-friendly. We’ve partnered with some of the best VPNs around the world to ensure our devices are as secure as possible. Furthermore, subscribe to any VPN on our supported provider list, and we’ll send your router with your VPN subscription fully installed.
Check out our alternative VPN setups, and find out some of the ways you can create a unique and simple to set up to make your VPN usage that much more effective.
How to Choose the Right FlashRouter
FlashRouters create devices like the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk Tomato to handle more online activity than any 10 people can produce. These routers guarantee power, speed, and versatility. Here is the R7000 alongside some other recommended devices…
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