*21 Billion IoT Devices In Control by 2020

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A Gartner Report indicates the market for Internet of Things (IoT) devices is poised to explode and will reach nearly 21 billion connected devices by 2020.

This realization comes just months after the massive IoT Internet attack in October 2016.

Including consumer devices, the Gartner Report predicts IoT devices will encompass more than 6.4 billion connected objects in use by 2017, a 30% rise from last year.

In turn, that number is expected to further explode by 2020, where the IoT market will include 20.8 billion things.

This is causing manufacturers to scramble to make their products more secure. Whether it’s your home Internet router, wifi baby monitors, remote controlled thermostats, smart-tv’s, home security systems, or even your FitBit, security is on everybody’s mind.

Even Amazon’s Alexa is always listening, recording, storing, and tracking every sound in the room it’s set up in. Between your smart-tv and Alexa, Big Brother is indeed watching and listening.

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*Simple Cyber-Security measures we should all practice

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It is time to give up the idea that security breaches are for big corporations and high profile figures. Any one of us can become a target. And we must learn the basics to protect ourselves.

Despite the stories you hear about the sophisticated methods employed by hackers, in most cases, it is simple negligence that allows them to carry out their attacks.

A 2014 report from IBM states that 95 percent of security breaches result from human carelessness. For example, despite all the warnings you see about creating strong passwords, you’d be surprised to learn that “12345” and “password” remain the two most common passwords on the internet.

Remember, it was “password” that was used by Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, that allowed intruders to gain access to his emails that sank her campaign.

First things first … Keep backups of your data

Keeping regular backups of your data outside of your computer has many benefits, especially for data recovery situations. But it is also important from a security perspective, as some breeds of cyberattacks, such as ransomware , target and corrupt your data in order to extort money from you. In such situations, having backups of your data can save you time, money, and headaches.

It’s so important that we place “Be Safe – Backup Your Data Regularly!” at the bottom of every article on TechViews News.

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*Breaches in Internet security are not the same as breaches in Cloud security

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News about hacked accounts is on the daily news…. Yahoo uncovered another 1 billion user accounts compromised, making it the largest breach in history. The Democratic National Committee’s email was hacked, as was the Hillary Clinton campaign’s and her campaign manager’s. Let’s not forget about Home Depot, Target, and all those IoT hacks as well.

What do these all have in common? Not one of them is a cloud-based attack.

Sloppy reporting confuses the internet with the cloud; as a result, people are not sure about the security of cloud storage and cloud based apps.

Yahoo is not Amazon Web Services, the DNC email server is not Microsoft Exchange Online, and no IoT device is a cloud.

Essentially, public cloud services have a fairly good record when it comes to breaches. Generally speaking, the public cloud is more secure than on-premises systems.

The vast majority of system breaches comes from password logins by hackers and thieves. And there’s an easy, simple way to fix that … better, stronger passwords.

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