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How to be smart with smart home devices

Internet-enabled products can be a fun gift, but ASU expert has a few things to keep in mind to keep your personal data secure


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December 19, 2017

Smart home devices are popping up on holiday wish lists — and who doesn't love a thermostat that you can control from afar or a fridge that places a grocery order online? But "internet of things" products, those with network connectivity that allows them to connect and exchange data, also present a potential security risk for your personal data.

Jamie Winterton, director of strategy at Arizona State University's Global Security Initiative, specializes in cybersecurity. Here she shares a few things to keep in mind with internet-enabled home devices. If you want that smart toaster, Winteron won't judge — just be smart about it.

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