Inspecting gadgets

What do today’s smart TVs, fitness equipment and home security systems all have in common

They all can connect to the internet.

This technology, known as the Internet of Things, refers to everyday devices that have an online connection — which makes them vulnerable to targeting by hackers.

Although these devices can reveal as much personal information as your computer or smartphone, they often are not secured with strong passphrases and are overlooked for security updates.

To protect yourself and your devices, the CyberSafe at USPS team offers the following tips:

• Stay current on all software updates and security patches.

• If your device is fully functioning without the internet, it’s safest to disable the online connection.

• Use a strong, original and memorable passphrase to serve as your password.

The workplace is also vulnerable to risks associated with the internet of things.

Plugging any personal devices — smartphones, tablets, wearable technology — into USPS equipment violates Postal Service policy and puts the organization’s data at risk.

The CyberSafe at USPS Blue and LiteBluepages have additional information.