10 Tips to Keep Hackers Out of Your Smart Home

May 19, 2017
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Jeremy Sutter

As technology continues to make life more convenient for users, it is making the lives of thieves easier as well. Owners of smart homes are under constant threat of electronic theft and violation. The even scarier part is that sometimes you can’t even tell when you have been hacked.

A smart door can be remotely unlocked and show no sign of forced entry into your home. Months could go by before you notice that your expensive jewelry is missing. Cameras inside and outside of your home can be remotely accessed and violate your personal privacy. To drastically reduce the risk of these things happening to you, we have included a list of the top things you should be doing to keep hackers out.

1.) Use Multifactor Authentication

You may have noticed that many websites are requiring a two-factor or more authentication process. The more barriers you put in the process, the harder it is for a hacker to get into your system. You should include more barriers in your smart devices. Opt for a least a two-factor authentication process.

Some of the best authentication processes include thumbprints and eye scans. These are very hard to hack, which means the best possible security measures for your sensitive personal information and possessions.

2.) Always Update The Security On Your Devices

Although updates to your technology devices may be a major pain and keep you off of them for an hour or so, they need to be done. These updates are intended for your security. When manufacturers identify a new vulnerability in their system, they will create a patch.

When you install the new update you get the patch. If you continue to ignore the update, you will not be protected by the new security measure. This will leave you open to attacks by hackers that are familiar with the vulnerability in the old system.

3.) Install Malware Protection

If any part of your home automation system is attached digitally to your computer or phone, you leave open a potential path for hackers to infiltrate. Take the easy precaution of installing malware protection on your phones and computers. This simple step can prevent you against attacks from hackers. There’s simply no reason not to do this.

4.) Avoid Public Wi-Fi

Yes, you read that right! Public wi-fi can allow hackers to access your devices through the public network. You should turn off your automatic connections to these public networks. Instead, use your own wireless hotspots to gain access to the internet if you are outside of your home network.

5.) Change Default Usernames

It’s very common for devices to use a default username. You should opt to change this to something unique. This is one simple step that takes under a minute that can give you an added layer of extra security against potential hackers.

6.) Don’t Link Together Your Gadgets

Realize that the more gadgets you link together into a network, the easier you are making it for a hacker to infiltrate all your devices. It’s bad enough when one of your gadgets gets hacked, you don’t want to deal with all of them being hacked at once.

7.) Password Protect All Your Devices

If any of your devices are not currently password protected, change that. Devices that don’t require any sort of authentication before use can leave you wide open to any inexperienced hacker.

8.) Turn Off Bluetooth

If you are not using your Bluetooth devices, turn them off. The Bluetooth feature on many home devices can allow for ambient listening by unauthorized users. Simply turn the feature off when you’re not using it and turn it on when you need to use it.

9.) Only Buy New Technology

Don’t buy used technology. Although it may be tempting due to cheaper prices, it’s a bad idea. Persons have been known to buy devices, infect them with a virus, and then return them to a store. You don’t want to leave yourself open to a threat. Simply agree to buy only new technology.

10.) Use An Encrypted Router

Your wireless router can be an easy source for hackers to jump onto. You should take security seriously and employ the highest standard of encrypted software you can afford. In addition, you should set up multiple networks with your router. Use a different network for each device, that way if one gets hacked the thief doesn’t have access to all your network devices at once.

Via CTO Vision