Protect Your Smart Devices

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department offers advice to keep your smart devices safe from cyberattacks. Also known as internet of things (IOT) devices, smart devices include automated thermostats, garage door openers, cloud data storage devices, video doorbells, smart appliances like televisions and refrigerators, security systems and security cameras. The increased number of IOT devices can increase the risk of cyberattacks.

Look for slower than usual internet speed, devices listed on your network that you do not recognize and devices sending and receiving data more than usual. Protect your network by creating your own user names and passwords, turning on your computer’s and router’s firewall, and updating the software and firmware on all your devices and router regularly. Contact law enforcement if someone accessed your devices or network without your permission. Click here for more tips and information.

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