How Much Control Do You Really Have Over Your Family’s Connected Life?

If you took an inventory of your family’s connected devices, would you have three or four devices, or would it be more like 30? You might be surprised how connected your family has become. The gradual, gadget creep is real, as are the security risks that come with it. While the smart products we purchase — phones, thermostats, toys, appliances, and sprinkler systems — make life more efficient and yes, way more fun, we can’t dismiss the risks that come with increased connectivity.

This ever-expanding grid of linked smart devices is called the Internet of Things or abbreviated, IoT. And, it’s turning into a hot topic as more and more IoT devices fall prey to hackers.

Wired describes IoT like this:Increased machine-to-machine communication; it’s built on cloud computing and networks of data-gathering sensors; it’s mobile, virtual, and instantaneous connection; and they say it’s going to make everything in our lives from streetlights…

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