IoT Network

Increase Security by Putting IoT Devices on a Separate Network

The use of Internet of Things devices in homes and businesses is widespread and growing. These IoT devices can be extremely useful, but they can also create a major security risk.

One way to alleviate that danger is to put your IoT devices on their own separate network. That may sound complicated and difficult, but it’s something we can easily set up for you along with an Eero mesh Wi-Fi network.

 

What is the Internet of Things and Why is It So Dangerous?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is made up of all the everyday devices that are connected to the internet. We’re not talking about things like laptops and smartphones, whose primary function is computing and connecting.

Instead we’re talking about devices like refrigerators, thermostats, light bulbs, door bells and wearable fitness trackers that connect to the internet. People love the functionality and convenience that connecting these devices to the internet gives.

Unlike your smartphone or laptop, these IoT devices often don’t have much in the way of built in security features. That makes them extremely attractive targets for hackers.

You may be thinking, so what if somebody hacks into my light bulbs? Are there really people interested in hacking for the sake of turning people’s lights on and off?

Well, there probably are some folks who’d think that was pretty entertaining. But that’s not the real danger.

The real danger is that someone will hack into that light bulb, use it to get into your network, and from there, be able to break into other devices connected to your network, like your laptop or server.

Ever handle banking on your laptop? What if a hacker used your connected refrigerator to get on your network and spy on your banking information? Now you see the problem.

 

Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe

So, you want to keep hackers from getting to your network through your IoT devices. How do you do that?

There are several steps you can take to help protect your network from the risks created by IoT devices. For instance, don’t connect any IoT device that you don’t actually need to have connected.

Sure, your toaster may be able to connect to the internet to track your toast-making habits, but do you really need it to do that? If not, just turn off the Wi-Fi connection and make your toast the old-fashioned, unconnected way. That’ll be one less backdoor for hackers to try to break into.

Next, use strong passwords for your devices, and do NOT leave the factory-default password set. Hackers can get those factory-default passwords and screen the internet for devices using them. Come up with your own passwords and use a different one for each device.

But one of the best things you can do, which we strongly recommend, is to set up a separate network just for your IoT devices. Your laptop, smartphone, servers and other computing devices will be on a completely separate network.

That way, if someone breaks into one of those IoT devices in your home or business, all they’ll be able to get to is other IoT devices. That will help to keep the sensitive information on your laptop, etc. safe and secure, away from prying eyes.

 

Creating a Separate Network with Eero

We use the Eero system to set up mesh Wi-Fi networks that can provide fast, reliable Wi-Fi networks with coverage that extends throughout your home or office.

The Eero system can form a guest network in addition to the regular network. Once we’ve set up this guest network, we can connect your Internet of Things devices to it.

That way anyone breaking into those IoT devices will only be able to see and potentially access other devices that are connected to the guest network. Your regular network will stay safe and secure with no unnecessary backdoors.

The Internet of Things is a fact of modern life. It comes with risks, but also has great potential. We can help to manage those risks by thinking carefully about what we connect to the internet and how we connect it.

Using a separate network specifically designated for IoT devices can help to keep the rest of our networks safe and secure, protecting sensitive information and avoiding potentially costly attacks. Investing in managing your IoT network now could save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run.