According to S&P Global Market Intelligence, around 43 million smart homes in the United States have over 45 million smart home security devices. Likewise, Wi-Fi networks have grown more robust and faster to support home automation. This post covers essential tips on protecting your smart home security system and surrounding Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

A quick browser search will yield any number of worst-case hacking scenarios. From compromised voice command devices to garage door openers, the list goes on.

 

Which IoT devices do hackers prefer?

All smart home products are appealing to hackers. Malicious actors hope to gain access to your home network by exploiting an IoT device’s vulnerability. We are living in an age where almost every appliance now has a sensor. Televisions, tablets, and even LED light bulbs have connected apps for download.

Vulnerabilities exist in some networked products.  Here are some examples of devices that may be accessible to someone in proximity using a laptop or other Wi-Fi sniffer.

  1. Smart sprinkler systems
  2. Smart flood lights
  3. Remote control garage doors
  4. Certain automobile systems

The following list shows examples of inside-the-home devices controlled through an app from a smartphone or PC. Some of these devices may use subpar security tokens. Others have vulnerable entry-points left open for maintenance.

  1. Voice Assistants
  2. Fitness Trackers
  3. Smart TVs
  4. Smartphones
  5. Smart Appliances
  6. Video Doorbells
  7. Smart Locks

 

How can you lock down the devices designed to give a sense of security and comfort?

The risk of smart home network hacking is always present. With so many devices using multiple internet protocols, you should use best practices. An excellent place to start is to follow these tips below.

  1. Change your router’s default password and name frequently.
  2. Keep all your devices’ software updated.
  3. Install new security standards as they are released.
  4. Invest in a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
  5. Use two-factor authentication whenever available.
  6. Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks.
  7. Always change manufacturer default passcodes.
  8. Use hard-to-guess passwords on your device accounts.
  9. Don’t use the same passwords on multiple devices.
  10. Unplug devices that aren’t in use when traveling.

 

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