US CERT shares best practices for new devices that may have been received as holiday gifts.  Users should search vendor’s website.  Also, U-Tube often has some great FREE instructional videos on best ways to setup new devices on step-by-step basis)

During the holidays, internet-connected devices also known as Internet of Things (IoT) are often popular gifts—such as smart TVs, watches, toys, phones, and tablets. This technology provides a level of convenience to our lives, but it requires that we share more information than ever. The security of this information, and the security of these devices, is not always guaranteed.

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), recommends these important steps you should consider to make your Internet of Things more secure:

1. Use strong passwords — Passwords are a common form of authentication and are often the only barrier between you and your personal information. Some internet-enabled devices are configured with default passwords to simplify setup. These default passwords are easily found online, so they don’t provide any protection.

2. Evaluate your device security settings — Most devices offer a variety of features that you can tailor to meet your needs and requirements. It is important to examine the settings, particularly security settings, and select options that meet your needs without putting you at increased risk.

3. Ensure you have up-to-date software — Make sure to apply relevant patches as soon as possible to protect your devices.

4. Connect carefully — Once your device is connected to the internet, it’s also connected to millions of other computers, which could allow attackers access to your device. Consider whether continuous connectivity to the internet is needed.