Smart Home Safety

February 17, 2020

Advances in smart home technology have afforded us many conveniences, from adjusting our thermostats, turning on or off lighting and locking or unlocking doors, to controlling sound systems, hot tubs, and appliances remotely, checking on our pets or babysitters, and even reading us the news, making our shopping lists or ordering from Amazon.

The ability to log into security cameras from anywhere in the world and see that your home is safe is a great comfort. But how safe is your home from unseen intruders?

Are you protected from internet hackers who could conceivably gain control to your home network? It sounds like a plot from a crime thriller, but, unfortunately, it’s a reality. 

Cybercriminals can gain access to your home network through your router, or through any IoT device (Internet of Things devices are appliances or devices that connected to the internet or each other in your home network.) The more IoT devices you are using, the more vulnerable your home may be.

Some cybercriminals will hold your home network for ransom, and there is no guarantee that they will give you back access to your accounts if you pay.

How do you protect your home network? Experts say to start with your router. Don’t use the router name and wi-fi password your internet provider gave you upon installation. Your user manual or router manufacturer’s website will have instructions on how to change these. Use a difficult password with a variety of upper- and lower-case characters, numbers and symbols. Don’t use any identifying information in either your router name or password.

Change privacy and security settings for your IoT devices. You should be able to access these through your account online or app settings.

Use two-step authentication for logging in to your devices.

Don’t ignore updates. Install updates as soon as you are notified that they are available.

Be careful about using public wi-fi connections. If you often use your cell phone or laptop in public places, consider getting a Virtual Private Network (VPN) through an internet security software provider. 

For more tips, read this article at staysafeonline.com.

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