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How to Protect your Smart Home from Hackers

So you’ve got a connected TV, wireless heating system, baby monitors, smart lighting and home entertainment system but depending on which route you’ve chosen for your home automation how can you make sure that your smart home is protected from hackers. Well there are some simple steps you can take to improve the security of your smart home and in this blog article we’ll talk you through these.

Security updates
There’s a reason companies push out software and security updates for their products, it’s to improve the user experience and help patch vulnerabilities. Whether you use a phone or tablet to control your smart home make sure you always download and install the latest updates. The same is also true for the apps that you run to control your devices and the devices themselves. Most updates don’t take long to install and they really will help to keep your home safe and secure.

Two step authentication
Most apps now offer the option for multifactor authentication in order to help verify users. Rather than relying solely on a username and password that can be easy to hack by adding in a second form of authentication you can greatly improve the security of your accounts. This also applies to your email accounts and computers which are often targeted by hackers.

Update default usernames and passwords
Many connected devices are setup as standard with a default username and password which can become an instant vulnerability for your home. For all new devices make sure you change the default username and password where possible and choose a secure password with numbers, symbols and capitalisation to help make it stronger. While this may not protect you from a determined hacker it will cut down on opportunistic hacks.

Don’t connect to public Wi-Fi
These days there seems to be publicly available Wi-Fi wherever you go, even beauty spots but how do you know that these connections are secure. Anyone can setup a Wi-Fi network and snoop on the data you send meaning that if you connect to your email a hacker could get access to all your online accounts and your smart home. Through your GPS data they could find out where you live and use your smart home apps to unlock your home and disable your security system.
With these safety concerns in mind the best way of protecting your home is by preventing access and having a secure network. At iHomes London we can help to ensure that your smart home remains smart and that it is secured against any potential attacks by hackers.

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