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12 Internet of Things hacks, and why you need to lock down your smart home in 2019

The most high-profile Internet of Things hacks and vulnerabilities - and how to protect your own smart home devices

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Computers and smartphones aren't the only gadgets in our lives in danger of getting hacked. Smart home security cameras, children's toys and even our routers, the device that takes us on the internet, are all vulnerable. However, that doesn't seem to be deterring people from buying connected devices.

We like these smart speakers, robot vacuums and video doorbells so much, that the smart home market is expected to hit $53.6 billion by 2022 (up from $24.1 billion in 2016), according to insurance company Assurant.

As we bring more connected products into our home in the coming new year, it's helpful to take steps to protect smart home devices from online attackers, the best that we can. Here are some famous hacks — and what consumers can do to try and thwart these attacks.

Mirai

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Sometimes an attack is bigger than a single smart device, and instead turns millions of them into mindless zombies all answering to one command. That's what happened with smart devices infected with Mirai, a malware code that spread to security cameras and other IoT gadgets.

Stopping malware code from getting into a smart device is tricky, but again changing passwords from default settings is a great first step, as well as making sure you're using a router and firewall. Also unplugging a device, and plugging it back in so it can reboot, can sometimes clear it of a malicious code like Mirai. But if the device is connected to the internet and unprotected, it's likely to get infected again.



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