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The Wall Street Journal: 8 ways to reduce the big threat posed by your refrigerator

More devices in our homes, such as refrigerators, vacuum cleaners and toasters, are connected to the internet.

Those connections promise convenience, such as software updates that can improve the product’s performance. But they also pose security challenges for consumers.

Last year, thousands of internet-connected devices such as cameras and digital video recorders were infected with malware and used to bombard Dyn, a provider of internet directory services, with requests for connections, taking down a number of popular websites.

Consumers have few ways of knowing how secure a device is when they buy it. Several U.S. nonprofits and government agencies, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology, are working on standards, certifications, tests and ways to label devices to inform consumers about security and privacy issues.

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