Dangers of Internet of Things – Security Issues


  1. Read your linked reports, and your words….ouch! Where to begin? Better and more web app firewalls for service providers, better fragmented datagram filters where devices are wireless (look out printers!)…you are right, we’ve all got pause to consider this. Just a year ago some scoffed that “indestructible” spybot kernels could live on a CPU as CPUs have no memory; then they were demonstrated to have infected a number of Chinese consumer PCs…as you point out, so quickly this has become an easy threat to ANYTHING made of metal and in any way interfacing with the internet.

  2. FROM THE ARTICLE: With almost everything connected to the Internet, it is not just the computers that are at risk of being compromised but even your toaster. I read a comment somewhere, involving a firewall for your toaster. You need to take actions to secure anything that you know is or will be connected to the Internet.

    MY RESPONSE: Indeed! And the best place to do it is where said Internet connection enters your home or office (not necessarily physically, but at least electronically/logically) right next to, or inside, the route or gateway. If one doesn’t have a router or gateway with a firewall built-in to it, then I would normally advise to just get a firewall appliance, and mount it in the right place in the circuit in relation to the router.

    The problem is that stand-alone firewall appliances can be kinda’ expensive… mostly ’cause they’re just *SO* much more sophisticated and configurable than the usually really only basic firewall that’s built-in to the typical home or small office DSL or cable modem gateway. For example, the Cisco RV110W-A-NA-K9 (just to name one) is hard to find out there for much less than around $75(US); and for from that amount to not more than $25(US) more, you can get a fairly decent entire DSL or cable modem gateway which has, built right into it, a cable or DSL modem, a router, a switch, WI-FI, and a built-in firewall; which firewall, no, isn’t as sophisticated as a stand-alone one, but is usually good enough for a typical home or small office.

    A firewall at that point in one’s home or small office LAN is necessary because while you can run a software firewall on a desktop/laptop/tablet computer…

    …I’m pretty sure that COMODO, or any other makers of software firewalls, haven’t released any toaster editions. [grin]

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

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