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When Smart Things are Dumb

When Smart Things are Dumb

When Smart Things are Dumb

The shopping stampedes are over and results are in: Americans spent $17.8 billion between Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Amid the fray, predictions say roughly 2 out of every 3 shoppers will have bought a smart device as a gift. This means that smart gadgets aren’t just a fad, they are here to stay...and Siri, Alexa and Google are happy to join the family.

Here’s the problem: they can store quite a bit of sensitive information and don’t really have your privacy at heart. Many devices come with default credentials (think: admin/admin, admin/password, user/user, support/support) and more than 15 percent of those are never changed by purchasers. Which means anybody with an internet connection can scan for vulnerable devices and connect to them using passwords they found in the device manual. Crappy passwords don’t get a pass here either. Make sure your passwords are long and strong, and consider using passphrases and password managers to reclaim privacy now.

The risks of apathy are real. One cyber-criminal with access to smart routers (using default credentials) was able to steal the MQ-9 Reaper manual from a US Air Force Captain’s home network. Another was able to access thousands of internet cameras and use them to take down Twitter.

Don’t let Smart home routers, internet-connected cameras or techy doorbells spy on you this Holiday season. If you bought a smart device this shopping season or get one as a gift, change the default username and password, regularly check for security updates and implement device-specific privacy controls to ensure you stay safe at home and online.


About Living Security


At Living Security, we reduce the #1 cybersecurity risk for enterprises, human error, through engaging and impactful security awareness training that is brought to life by innovative tech enabled experiences.


Living Security co-founders, Ashley and Drew Rose, recognized that traditional security awareness programs were failing to move the needle and it was time for a fresh approach. Our immersive training experiences engage the enterprise using science backed techniques to motivate behavior change and refreshed content that’s relevant for the current threat landscape.

Our Core Values

We strive to build a company that you are proud to come to work for everyday, and a team of people that you are excited to work with everyday.

Immersive Cyber Escape Room

Our innovative Cybersecurity Escape Room experience builds security awareness concepts into an engaging team experience people actually enjoy.  Watch the video here.

Customized Cybersecurity Training At Scale

Online security awareness training platform leverages game based learning and a custom curriculum to make cybersecurity awareness training fun and effective.


Our science-based approach drives user engagement and reinforces positive security behaviors across the enterprise.

Hosted Platform or SCORM Delivery

Our gamified training platform allows program owners to assign users training and track through completion and beyond. Our interactive video series are broken in to episodes that cover critical security awareness concepts through story based learning and interactive puzzles. Customize your program through the addition of role and concept specific micro-modules and incentivize completion through leaderboard challenges and rewards and recognition. Series and modules are also available in your SCORM packages for delivery on your LMS.

Gamified Learning

Training experiences are brought to life through engaging storylines that people actually enjoy.

Brain is 68% more engaged when you are having fun.

Immersive Experience

Our approach focuses on experiential learning that motivates participants to get engaged with relevant security concepts.

Science Backed

Our proven techniques engage participants, increase retention rate and motivate behavior change.

16x Increase in retention from experiential learning

Tech Enabled

Our tech-enabled platform makes managing and scaling the experience easy, allowing you to extend the reach of your security team.

Smart Analytics

Insightful metrics provide program owners with deep understanding of human risk within their organization and provides the tools to make the right changes.

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