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What is an IoT device?

It’s a physical object that connects to the Internet. It can be a fitness tracker, a thermostat, a lock or appliance – even a light bulb.

Imagine shoes that track your heartbeat… and can flag potential health problems. You don’t have to imagine – these “smart” shoes already exist!

How will it affect me?

The Internet of Things has arrived and it’s going to introduce incredible opportunity over the next five years. And while smart things are exactly that, the IoT industry has a long way to go in terms of overall security. Many of today’s IoT devices are rushed to market with little consideration for basic security and privacy protections: “Insecurity by design.”

This puts you and everyone else at risk: from unwittingly being spied on or having your data compromised to being unable to lock your own home. You could even become part of a botnet that attacks the Internet. Your insecure webcam – along with millions of others – could be used to attack the power grid of an entire country.

What can I do?

If we want everyone to benefit from the potential of Internet-connected devices, we need to ensure that they are safe and trusted. You can join people around the world and stand up for a safer and more secure connected world.

Read more about what you can do:

Wouldn’t it be nice…if you could trust your device?
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Internet of Things (IoT) 19 April 2018

Wouldn’t it be nice…if you could trust your device?

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could trust that your device is secure, so that it isn’t leaking your...

From Chocolate to Fitness Trackers: Recognizing My Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
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Internet of Things (IoT) 15 March 2018

From Chocolate to Fitness Trackers: Recognizing My Consumer Rights and Responsibilities

Two months ago, I read something that made me furious. A chocolate company had gradually reduced the size of...

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Better Online Privacy
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Internet of Things (IoT) 28 January 2018

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Better Online Privacy

I consider myself a high-functioning lazy person. I do my laundry regularly, but leave clean clothes in a pile...

Rough Guide to IETF 101: Internet of Things
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Internet of Things (IoT) 13 March 2018

Rough Guide to IETF 101: Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an increasingly hot buzzword around the Internet industry and the broader technology and...

This Holiday Season, Make Sure Your Smart Toy Isn’t a Toy Soldier
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Internet of Things (IoT) 20 December 2017

This Holiday Season, Make Sure Your Smart Toy Isn’t a Toy Soldier

In the classic holiday story The Nutcracker, toy soldiers under command of a nutcracker spring to life to fight an army...

When It Comes to Smart Toys, It Pays to Shop Smart
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Internet of Things (IoT) 24 November 2017

When It Comes to Smart Toys, It Pays to Shop Smart

When your in-laws give your child a loud toy for the holidays, you know you are going to have...

How do I learn more?

Read and share “The Internet of Things: An Overview – Understanding the Issues and Challenges of a More Connected World”, a whitepaper that examines many important aspects of the Internet of Things. You can also read the IoT Policy Brief to help understand the policy implications of IoT, IoT Security for Policymakers to learn how policymakers can help build IoT we can trust, and learn more about the Online Trust Alliance’s IoT Trust Framework.