Technology makes our lives easier. With smart home devices, it seems our home is doing the thinking for us. Unfortunately, technology changes at a constant rate and can be hard to keep up with. With the easy of a smart home device you are actually exposing yourself to a greater risk of being hacked. To better prepare yourself; here is an effective yet simple list of 5 smart home security tips.
Change default passwords
Your fist line of defense against cyber-attacks is a simple one, change the default password. This option is usually recommended or ever required immediately after set up but if it is not do it anyway. Cyber attackers are sometimes able to get a hold of a manufacturer’s default setting which leaves your devices wide open. Cut off this huge risk early and simply by just changing the password immediately after set up.
Use separate passwords
In a world filled with passwords on a daily bases, it can be hard to remember so many. For this reason, we are all guilty of repeating passwords. Usually we have one or two passwords for every device or account depending on the requirements. Unfortunately, this is one of the riskiest things you can do in terms of cyber security. If a hacker gets their hands on your password, they have access to all of your internet information. To avoid this situation, create a different password for everything, or at least your most important things. We recommend using a combination of upper/lower case, numbers and symbols. Whatever you do, do not use the world “password”.
Buy trusted brands
The best defense against cyber-attacks is being proactive. Conduct thorough research before your purchase a smart home device. Some companies have had problems in the past of being vulnerable towards cyber-attacks. Try to find a company with an excellent track record for protecting customer’s information. In your pursuit to connect your entire home through the internet, knowing what you are buying is fairly important.
Regularly install updates
Imagine cyber security like your immune system; constantly attempting to fix the weaknesses by fending off infections. Assistance is only needed when it lost the battle. Like medicine for the body, if a virus has infected your device that’s because it failed to protect itself. To assist your device in fixing newfound vulnerabilities, always update it when it is recommended. Updates can be annoying and appear time consuming but they can be vital for your cyber security. We suggest turning on the option for automatic updates so you don’t forget.
Disable unused features
If you are really serious about cyber security, consider disabling annoying unused features on any of your smart devices. By turning off the unused features it actually minimizes the entry options for hackers to gain access. It also minimizes the amount of personal data that device collecting which will limit the information hackers can gain. It may seem a bit tedious when compared to the other suggestions on this list but this step is just as important.
If you have any interest in create a smarter home (which I assume you do if you are reading this article), you need to be taking its cyber security as serious as you take your homes physical security. Although this is a list consisting of simple steps for better protection, I highly recommend purchasing a cyber security system. For a smart home, it is best you have control over it rather than the other way around. Just because your house is getting smarter doesn’t mean you shouldn’t as well.
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