Postal Bulletin advises how to keep the “Internet of Things” secure

June 27, 2024
Postal Bulletin’s latest edition, published June 27, offers advice on how to keep internet-connected devices — known as the Internet of Things — secure.

What do smart TVs, fitness equipment, and home security systems all have in common? They can all be internet-enabled.

This technology, known as the “Internet of Things,” refers to everyday devices connected to the internet, making them susceptible to targeting by hackers. These “things” can be given an Internet Protocol address to transfer data over a network, and include everything from a person’s heart monitor implant to other manufactured items like your oven.

These devices are often disregarded for security updates and are not protected with strong passphrases. They can also disclose as much personal information as your computer.

To protect yourself and your devices, the CyberSafe at USPS team offers the following tips:

  • Update. Stay current on all software updates and security patches.
  • Disable. If your device is fully functioning without the internet, it’s safest to disable the online connection.
  • Protect. Use a strong, original, and memorable passphrase to serve as your password.

Keep in mind that workplace devices are also exposed to risks associated with the Internet of Things. Plugging any personal devices — such as smartphones, tablets, wearable technology, and even personal gadgets like smart home devices — into USPS equipment violates Postal Service policy found in Handbook AS-805, Information Security, and puts the organization’s data at risk.

For more information about cybersecurity best practices, visit CyberSafe at USPS on Blue ( and LiteBlue (

Postal Bulletin – June 27, 2024

Source: USPS

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