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How safe is the “Internet of Things”

A recent surbey by a UK based online security firm has revealed that two-thirds of UK consumers are concerned about the security of Internet of Things devices – but nearly 75% cannot take steps to secure them. The surbey polled more than 6,000 UK consumers and revealed that despite the fast adoption of internet of things (IoT) devices, 72% of UK consumers admit they do not have a clue how to secure them. At the same time, two thirds of those polled said they were concerned about data theft from their IoT-connected devices.

“There is little or no effective security in most IoT devices,” Grey Huws, managing consultant at RA Consulting,.

There is also a lot of deployment without planning for how it is all going to work – and lots of land-grabs for market share,” he said – meaning companies are more concerned about getting products to market, than about ensuring those products are secure.

The survey shows that the internet of things is set to become larger and more pervasive in the near future, with more than a quarter of consumers set to buy IoT devices in the next year.

Best routers of 2015 reviewed

If you need to find the best wireless router, Wi-Fi dongle, range extender or powerline networking adaptors, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the best Wi-Fi and networking products we’ve reviewed that are available in the UK in 2015. By Jim Martin | 09 Feb 15

A wireless router is the core component of any home network and the latest standard is called 802.11ac. If you’re upgrading your router, it’s well worth investing in one as it will become the standard which all tablets, smartphones and other Wi-Fi equipment use over the next couple of years. It’s much faster than 802.11n – the current standard – and offers better range, too.

Top models cost upwards of £150, but there are cheaper options, such as BT’s Home Hub 5. If you want to get the benefit of 802.11ac with your current laptop (which doesn’t support 802.11ac) then you need a USB dongle. Ideally you want a USB 3 dongle, and a free USB 3 port on your laptop to get the best speed.
Powerline networking adaptors

Some homes are too large for any single wireless router to cover, so powerline networking adaptors (also known as HomePlugs) can be useful. These make your mains wiring double up as network cables, sending data along the copper wires already in your walls. You plug one in next to your router and another in the room in which you need internet access. Most adaptors offer only an Ethernet port, which you’d use to connect a PC. However, if you need Wi-Fi, make sure you buy a kit in which one of the adaptors has built-in Wi-Fi.

These are often called range extenders, but it’s a confusing area as there are other standalone plugs which repeat your router’s signal and aren’t powerline networking adaptors.

The beauty of powerline networking adaptors is that you don’t need to use them in pairs. You could start with two, and add single adaptors when you need to add a network connection in a new room.
Portable routers

If you travel abroad regularly, a portable router could be handy. You can use it to share an internet connection in a hotel room, and some models also have a SIM card slot so you can share mobile broadband. Some are battery powered, while some require mains power. Don’t assume that those with a SIM card slot support 4G – they may be limited to 3G, so check reviews first.

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