FBI: 8 tips to secure IoT medical devices, wearables from cyberattackers

The FBI released a public service announcement Oct. 17 to educate consumers about a growing trend: cyberattackers targeting unsecured internet of things devices.

Unsecured or poorly secured IoT devices — such as connected medical devices, wearables and smart appliances — might leave consumers exposed to cyber-exploitation, according the announcement.

"Once an IoT device is compromised, cybercriminals can facilitate attacks on other systems or networks, send spam e-mails, steal personal information, interfere with physical safety and leverage compromised devices for participation in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks," the announcement reads.

Here are eight suggestions the FBI recommends to secure IoT devices from cyberattacks.

1. Change default usernames and passwords

2. Isolate IoT devices on their own protected networks

3. Configure network firewalls to inhibit traffic from unauthorized IP addresses

4. Implement security recommendations from the device manufacturer and, if appropriate, turn off devices when not in use

5. Visit reputable websites that specialize in cybersecurity analysis when purchasing an IoT device

6. Ensure devices and their associated security patches are up-to-date

7. Apply cybersecurity best practices when connecting devices to a wireless network

8. Invest in a secure router with appropriate security and authentication practices

To access the full announcement, click here.

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