Internet of Things safe?

Smart home devices are vulnerable to hackers

The 'Internet Of Things' Is A Ticking Time Bomb

They're small and well-connected, but how safe are 'internet of things' (IoT) devices? As we increasingly buy and install smart devices in our homes, all those cheap interconnected gadgets create new security problems for individuals and society as a whole.

The problem is compounded by businesses radically expanding the number of sensors and remote monitors it uses to manage overhead lights in corporate offices and detailed manufacturing processes in factories.

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What is IoT? - A Simple Explanation of the Internet of Things | IoT For All

"What is IoT?"

As someone who works for an Internet of Things (IoT) software company, this is a question that I'm asked frequently. Whether it's a friend, family member, or stranger, when the conversation turns to what I do and I say "I work at a fast-growing IoT company", I inevitably find that I need to first explain what IoT is.

I've also found that if you just Google "what is IoT?", many of the answers are unnecessarily technical. Case in point:

"The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

If you just read that and thought, “ok…so what?”, you’re not alone. Most people don’t want to nor need to dive into the nitty-gritty of IoT. So in this post, I’ll provide you with a simple explanation of the Internet of Things and what it means for you. This can also serve as a resource to share with others who need an introduction to IoT (like friends, family members, or customers).

Before we jump in, note that “The Internet of Things” and “IoT” can and will be used interchangeably. And a quick tip: avoid saying “the IoT”.

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BlackBerry wants to make the internet of things safe for you

In case you missed it, smart home devices are vulnerable to hackers.

Experts have been warning us for years that smart devices aren't so smart when it comes to security, showing us how easily a car, a doll or a security camera could be hacked. And hackers have done their best to prove the cybersecurity experts right -- from yelling at a baby through an internet-connected baby monitor to using vulnerable security camera systems to cripple the web's infrastructure.

BlackBerry is betting we've had enough and are ready to spend a little extra on safer products.

Yes, that BlackBerry.

On Sunday, the smartphone maker launched three products designed to make internet-connected devices more secure from hacking. It plans to license the products to companies making internet-of-things devices like smart light bulbs, refrigerators and TVs as well as devices used in factories.

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