More connected, more risk? Experts advise cyber caution

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – The so-called Internet of Things and rise of machines are, together, opening a dangerous door for users across the world.

“The issue we’re seeing right now is called The Internet of Things,” said Supervisory Special Agent William Walton of the Anchorage Federal Bureau of Investigation, describing the interconnection of everyday objects – which are able to send and receive data – that people use.

“(There’s) the ability of cybercriminals to compromise routers, DVRs, internet-connected devices,” he said.

In turn, commercial or residential, more connectivity could mean that you’re also more at risk.

“The key thing is … missing the mark on protection,” said Matt Peters of Threat Informant, an Anchorage-based cybersecurity agency.

Most devices in homes and businesses come equipped with default credentials. That means that usernames and passwords, for example, are often widely available.

The best advice? Change those passwords a couple

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