The FBI has posted an excellent Public Service Announcement (PSA) about the risks of cyber crime in the ever expanding world of the Internet of Things (IoT).  Their PSA is titled “Internet of Things Poses Opportunities for Cyber Crime”; it’s Alert Number 1-091015-PSA and can be found on their Internet Crime Complaint Center website (www.ic3.gov).

Very briefly, their PSA provides:

  • a very good explanation of the the kinds of devices that are encompassed in the IoT;
  • a discussion of the types of IoT risks that exist;
  • examples of the kinds of IoT risks and incidents that consumers  might experience; and
  • nine separate recommendations about ways in which consumers can protect and defend themselves against such cyber crimes.

The PSA is a handy guidance sheet to have.  I recommend consumers reading it and following the practical recommendations being provided.