How to Keep Your Smart Home Secure?
You’ve spared no expense in updating your home. Everything you have is state of the art and has been chosen to suit your specific requirements. Nothing could go wrong… at least, that’s what you think. The problem is that you’ve forgotten about smart home security.
No, not those cameras you’ve installed, but threats which come from within the digital realm. You think you’ve considered every angle, but you’ve forgotten about securing the connection protocol for your lightbulbs, or the toaster, or your thermostat. It’s too late, they’re already inside your internet of things.
The internet of things?
The internet of things (IoT). It sounds like a meme drawn up online to describe the general mass of information you find once you log in to Chrome or IE. But it’s not. Some have described IoT as being the next big thing; for others, it’s already a reality.
The Internet of things is the computerization of practically everything around you. From your toaster, to the microwave, and even your thermostat. By connecting these devices together – and thusly to the internet – you’re able to control your home whilst out and about, minimise your energy bills, and increase home security. In fact, there are a huge number of reasons to invest in home automation.
However, whilst this makes home automation possible, it can also leave you open to digital smart home security threats – if not done correctly.
What went wrong?
You forgot to ensure that the digital side of things was as secure as the physical one. Yes, it’s been great for your coffee machine to have a brew waiting for you once you’ve made it downstairs in the morning. The thing is, you didn’t put a password on the connection, or the password was too weak.
Digital thieves can exploit this and gain access to your system. Once they’re in, they can hook themselves into anything else on your IoT system. That can include your laptop, your mobile phone… your private digital life.
In fact, it’s not just your home which is in danger. More and more public infrastructure is starting to patch into the IoT, and you’re patched into that.
Ensuring smart home security
Now you know the problem, the next step is to fix it. Whilst there is always the possibility of compromised systems when it comes to digital technologies, that doesn’t mean you can’t reduce that risk as much as possible.
Keep your system updated
It can feel as though those all-important updates get in the way sometimes, but they are vital. Run them overnight if you have to, but they fill in important security loopholes and make sure thieves can’t get into your system easily.
Distinguish your connections
By creating separate network allocations for your connected IoT products – and your personal computing products – you’re able to limit (or increase) their accessibility to the system. You can do this on your wireless router, assigning your home automation products to a guest network and ensuring increased smart home security.
Passwords which protect
This should go without saying, but make sure that you have passwords which are both secure and suitable. ‘password’ is not a good password; neither is ‘Password’ with a capital P.
Disable Universal Plug and Play
You’ll find this on your router. It means that devices, once connected, can start to do just about anything they want. Disable this and you’ll be on your way to smart home security which protects.
Think smart home security
Security isn’t just about defending from attacks, it’s about the reliability of your hardware. Check out the best home automation virtual assistants for the future. When you’re coming to invest, it’s important to consider smart home security and place it towards the top of your list. Sure, those lights look nice, but have they been shown to be reliable, or are they just a gimmick? Most importantly, do they leave you open to attack?
At Home of Technologies we can help you making your home safe and secure.