Smart home gadgets make it possible to control home appliances with your voice. However, some of these devices are prime targets for identity thieves and hackers.
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Go through the below security tips to protect your smart home devices from unauthorized access.
Update the gadgets
A lot of smart home devices might not be connected to the web, and hence they are not likely to seek updates – unlike Windows, Android, and iOS. You have to check for updates to the devices on a regular basis. If a security exploit is discovered, you must patch it manually as soon as possible.
Change passwords regularly
Internet-connected devices often come with a default password. Remember that hackers can easily find Internet-connected devices. The first line of defense is to change the default password for any new device connected to the internet. As the default devices include the name of the device as well as the manufacturer, it is better to change it to something that only you can understand.
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Isolate gadgets from home network
There is a possibility that a hacker will get hold of your smart home gadget before you patch the latest vulnerability. To avoid this, you can use the ‘guest network option’ available in home routers to isolate a compromised device – while securing your critical devices. You can keep the primary devices like – phones, laptops, and printers on primary Wi-fi option.
Every smart home gadget is provided with multiple connectivity options such as Bluetooth, Wi-fi, Ethernet etc. It is always a good practice to disable the connectivity option you are not using to minimize the attack surface. Opt for a wired connection over a wireless one, as it is harder to compromise. For example – you can disable internet connectivity option on a device and connect it to manufacturer’s cloud to monitor the performance.
Security of smart home gadgets will continue to be a top priority in coming years. Hopefully, home automation companies will become more serious about security and privacy. Until then, the above tips will help you avoid the chances of becoming the victim.