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Protecting your IoT gadgets

Since these IoT appliance infections only reside on temporary memory, the first thing you have to do is reboot the device to clear out the malware.

Next, you need to secure your router. If you're not sure where to start, click here for one thing your router needs to keep hackers out, and here for an easy way to find and change your router's password.

There are also several routers that are now out of date or plagued with security problems. Is your router one of them? Click here to see the full list and find out.

Beyond that, you need to be smart with your web-connected devices. The steps it takes to secure these devices varies from product to product, so it's a good idea to reach out to each of the manufacturers - but, here's a general place to get started.

Finally, check for firmware updates. Now, with these attacks out in the open, manufacturers will start issuing security patches to prevent such infections. It's important to keep your firmware always up to date. If your gadget does not automatically fetch firmware updates, make sure to manually check at least every three months.

Click here for a more in-depth look at protecting your IoT gadgets.

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