Cyber criminals are most likely to target consumer devices that lack security and are easy to infect, according to Nick Shaw, vice president and general manager EMEA at Norton.
"From laptops and mobile phones, to fitness trackers and routers to home security systems, smart TVs and baby monitors, any internet-connected device is a potential target but the ones with default passwords, infrequent updates and poor security protocols are the first to target," he told CNBC via email.
"To reduce their risk of infection, consumers can change the default device's credentials, disabling unused services, modifying the privacy settings of the device and ensuring its firmware is up to date."
The research from Norton raises concerns regarding the internet of things. As more and more appliances become connected, should companies be cautious to implement these innovations?
"Businesses should always consider the security implications of any new investment or integration. Rushing headlong into the latest technology will always have its risks, but the potential gains of internet connected devices are significant," added Shaw.
"Whilst businesses need to ensure they have a robust security strategy in place, manufacturers of these devices should implement security in the design phase to reduce the potential impact to consumers and businesses. Businesses shouldn't be scared away but they should absolutely employ caution and think ahead about their approach to integration."