The popularity of smart homes has skyrocketed lately, but so have the security risks associated with owning one of these homes. While having your home outfitted with a wide variety of smart devices can make living your daily life easier, it also makes your connected devices more susceptible to hacking and cyber intrusion. Internet security is a constantly evolving subject, so it is always important to keep up on the latest trends in this field. Protecting your internet connected devices is key to owning a smart home, so make sure you always follow these points.
- Change Your Username and Password – You should never keep your username and password the same as the default factory settings. This default information can typically be easily found, meaning you should always come up with something original for your username and password.
- Make Your Passwords Long and Unique – If you use something like your name or your street address for your password, then hackers will have no issue guessing this and getting access to all of your technology. Make sure your passwords are not just lengthy, but are unique enough that nobody can guess what they are.
- Don’t Remotely Access Via Public Wi-Fi – You may be tempted to use a public wi-fi source to access your smart home remotely, but keep in mind that public wi-fi networks are very susceptible to hackers. These criminals can gain access to your home via a ‘man-in-the-middle’ attack.
- Update Your Devices – Make sure that you are always installing the latest version of your software. This ensures that you always have the most up-to-date protection against online threats such as malware and viruses.
We can’t promise that you’ll be 100% protected from cyber threats, but we can promise that if you follow these precautions, your chances at a cyber security issue will be greatly diminished. If you have any additional questions about cyber security, feel free to contact SafeHouse, your Smart House security source, and we will be happy to help!