Honor’s College Freeman Research Journal


Jimara Thomas

Date of Award

Spring 5-2021

Document Type



Computer Science

First Advisor

Yi Qi


This thesis analyzes the insecurities in IOT devices, why these insecurities exist, and solutions to fix these vulnerabilities. IoT (Internet of Things) devices are nonstandard computing devices that connect wirelessly to a network that will transmit data. The amount of IOT devices continues to increase, as the demand for the items increases. It is predicted that there will be about 26 billion IOT devices installed by 2020. They have been improving on the amount of functionality they were previously able to do. For instance, Amazon’s Alexa is a speaker that can order items for you from the Amazon website, play your favorite music via Spotify, amazon music, or play music and much more. This requires Alexa to be logged into each one of those accounts to do this. With this information, there is a lot more personal information going in and out of the device. As the demand for the products increases, manufacturers begin to feel the pressure of having to push out products. They feel so much pressure that they skip important features of the IOT devices, including security. This lack of security opens users up to attacks and vulnerabilities from hackers that are trying to steal personal information. Therefore, consumers need to know the steps to take, in order to secure all their information, and the type of attacks and techniques hackers will use to get their private information.



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