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Smart lighting security flaw illuminates risk of IoT

Strange this, as predicted, IoT comes to the fore again: 

Some good questions to ask as a consumer - but many may not have the appropriate answers:

 

Then ask the following questions:

  • Has this device shown any unexpected instability recently?
  • Is it possible to update the firmware?
  • Is the latest software patch installed?
  • How regularly do software patches ship?
  • Is it possible to change any default password/code on the device and has it been changed?
  • Is it possible to use an alphanumeric code?
  • Does the system support the latest edition of its operating system?
  • What is the device’s networking protocol? Is it still current?
  • Is it possible to identify the device from beyond the network using standard network monitoring tools?
  • If you can’t update the device, or change its password, or it uses an ancient networking protocol, stop using it.
  • If the device is visible to people outside your network, either secure it, or switch it off and send it to be recycled.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3521228/smart-lighting-security-flaw-illuminates-risk-of-iot.h...

 

So what happens if the salesman, or reseller cannot answer the above? 

 

Would you still purchase regardless? 

 

Regards

 

Caute_cautim

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