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Teleworking Safety – Watch out for your smart devices

Teleworking Safety – Watch out for your smart devices  

Smart home devices provide great efficiencies for home use. Unfortunately, hackers are looking for any device that can be operated remotely, such as home assistants (Alexa, Google Home), routers, printers, security systems, doorbells, smart locks, DVRs, gaming consoles, temperature and light controls, smart refrigerators, smart TVs, Amazon Fire Stick, TV-casting apps, Fitbits, and any other device that is connected to a home network. Hackers can get into your network through these devices and take control or install malware. For teleworkers, unsecured smart devices create a higher risk for work equipment and systems.  

Identify all devices and apps that connect remotely and through Wi-Fi and create a list (home inventory). Don’t forget all devices used by other family members. Your internet provider usually has a feature that will identify all devices connected to your Wi-Fi.  

Review all security features for the devices and associated apps and turn on features such as multi-factor authentication. Update all devices and apps to current updates and security settings and check these weekly.  

Use strong passwords and do not share passwords across devices.  

Set up a separate Wi-Fi network with strong passwords for work and home devices, and for guests who use the family internet intermittently so that a smart device can not be used to hack into your work devices or to install malware. 

Visit  the  Cyber Center for additional resources and links for cyber alerts, and contact CTREmergencyNotification@mass.gov with any incidents or suspected incidents of fraud or cyber attacks.

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