Phones aren’t the only things that are smart.
Toys, watches, TVs, refrigerators, ovens and even lightbulbs with online connections fit into a product category referred to as the “internet of things.”
While connected devices and appliances offer conveniences — such as controlling thermostats from smartphones or getting the weather forecasts from digital assistants — hackers can potentially manipulate them to gain access to personal information.
Here are some tips to protect these kinds of devices:
• Create strong passwords. Reset the default passwords on devices with stronger versions.
• Install the latest software updates. Security updates help protect devices from unauthorized access.
• Disable internet connections. If your device functions without the internet or you’re unable to update the password or software, disconnect it.