If we couldn’t imagine having a home that we would be able to control with our voice, gestures, or via our phones in the past, now, that’s a reality. With the development of technology, not only our phones became smart but also our homes. Although smart homes are convenient and helpful, they also have faults. This is because when your devices are connected to the W-Fi network at your home, they are vulnerable to hacker attacks, just like your PC. Most hackers will try to “invade” your home and take control over it with the intention to find your bank accounts and passwords or will spy on you.
In order to avoid that you can install one of the well-known home security systems that will guarantee the safety of your smart home. They are a great choice because the home installation is done by professionals and can integrate with your smart home. However, there are also other things you can do to secure your smart home from hackers.
Protect Your Network With A Password
Smart home devices can connect to a Wi-Fi network, so you need to make sure it’s maximally secured. The best way to do that is by setting a new, strong password that is different from the default one. Moreover, you can hide your private network from view to increase the level of protection since people won’t be able to see it.
Use Different Passwords For Everything
Although using the same username and password combination is easiest for us, it’s a big mistake in terms of security. Namely, if you use the same combination for multiple devices and accounts, hackers will probably discover it and use it on popular banking websites, your mail, social networks, and even websites that allow control of smart devices. In order to prevent that, you need to have a unique password for everything account and device.
Use Two-factor Authentication
Most devices have the option to set a Two-Factor Authentication. When this option is turned on, the user is asked to enter additional verification apart from the username and password. The additional verification is usually a code that the device sends to your phone or another device, and you need to enter it in order to access it.
Set Up A Secondary Network
Instead of having only one home network, you can have two. You can use the primary network to connect your personal devices and the secondary to connect your smart devices. Optionally, you can connect all your smart devices on the secondary network so that they can’t communicate with each other. This makes hacking your network much harder.
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Secure Your Devices
In order to secure each of your smart devices, you need to register them with the manufacturer. That will allow you to receive software updates which are of great importance for detecting system vulnerabilities (also knowns as bugs) and security concerns. In fact, bugs are one way hackers use to hack a system. Therefore, by keeping your devices up to date, you make sure all bugs are killed and all devices are secure.
Unplug Unnecessary Devices
When you go on a vacation or leave your home for a few days, make sure you unplug all devices that won’t be active. For example, you will probably leave the security camera and video doorbell on, but you can unplug the vacuums cleaners, music system, and TV. This won’t only save you energy but will also make them inaccessible for hackers.
Reboot Your Devices
You should reboot your smart devices once a week to enhance their security. By rebooting they get the latest privacy and security settings and downloads when reconnecting to the internet. But keep in mind that you can’t reboot all devices, especially the ones that are hardwired into your homes, such as smart thermostats.
Don’t Access Your Devices From Public Wi-Fi
Public Wi-Fi networks don’t encrypt the information transmission and have weak security protocols. This makes your connection to your devices vulnerable and easy to hack. So, if you want to check something in your home while in town, you should use your own internet connection (3G/4G) instead of a public Wi-Fi.
Reset Your Devices Before You Sell Them
If you want to sell your smart devices, make sure you reset them. It’s because they store all your personal information, such as your Wi-Fi username and password. So, don’t forget to hit the factory reset option or button, depending on the device.
Smart homes are an incredible invention that makes life easier. However, using devices connected to the internet makes them target to hackers. In order to prevent that you should follow the steps mentioned above. And, don’t forget to buy devices only from trusted brands because they provide protection and high security.
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