Microsoft Azure just added an IP address filtering feature to its IoT Hub. IoT stands for Internet of Things and refers to devices like cameras, routers, and smart thermostats.

This update comes at an opportune moment, sandwiched between an unprecedented hack using Internet of Things devices, and the holiday gift-giving season which will likely flood the networks with millions of new devices.

The IP filter feature works like most firewalls. It allows you to block traffic coming from a particular IP address (the numeric address your device uses to identify itself over the internet).

If you notice suspicious amounts of traffic coming from your security camera or pet monitor, you can block it temporarily and then go investigate the device. It’s a great way to both keep an eye on and address suspicious activity.

Learn more about the Azure IoT Hub IP filter in Microsoft’s product update announcement.

By Sharon Campbell