From internet-connected televisions, toys, fridges, ovens, security cameras, door locks, fitness trackers and lights, the so-called “Internet of Things” (IoT) promises to revolutionise our homes.
But it also threatens to increase our vulnerability to malicious acts. Security flaws in IoT devices are commun. Hackers can exploit those vulnerabilities to take control of devices, steal or change data, and spy on us.
In recognition of these risks, many governments has introduced new code of practice to encourage manufacturers to make IoT devices more secure. The code provides guidance on secure passwords, the need for security patches, the protection and deletion of consumers’ personal data and the reporting of vulnerabilities, among other things.