The new research from BullGuard regarding the ability of people to deal with IoT security issues is truly disappointing, highlighting that people are still not prepared for such a task. According to the research (which included 6,000 UK residents), 72% do not have the knowledge towards strengthening their online security against IoT issues. Among the people asked, 66% are really concerned about potential hacks and other threats.
The popularity of IoT products, however, is still on the rise and is not predicted to wear off with time. On the contrary, the sales of such technologically advanced products are set to go through the roof and this means that even more people will become vulnerable to online hacks. Another irritating finding from the research has been the fact that 34% of the respondents had experienced some kind of vulnerability with their IoT product.
What is needed desperately by the companies that manufacture these products at a large scale is the establishment of common security standards. Only in this way can the phenomenon of increased online hazard be dealt with efficiently. Even when users have got technical skills and the knowledge to setup the products and connect them to the Internet, many of them are not confident that they do everything right. This is worrying, of course.
The proper education is the key to success, as far as the challenge of online security is concerned. Raising awareness of the dangers that lie behind the IoT is crucial, even though the right kind of education should follow. Especially when you think of the possibilities that the IoT offers in the field of spying, the vulnerabilities should be addressed and dealt with at once.
Learning how to depend not solely on the antivirus software used, but also to the security of the router and the correct privacy settings, the quality of the ISP and the encryption will better things for users of the IoT products. Fear is not the answer to the danger ahead, rather than the ideal preparation.