How to Keep Your Smart Home Safe

Turning your home into a smart home is full of benefits. One of the biggest concerns people often have with having a smart home, is the fear of “Is it safe?”

The truth is smart home devices is equipped with several devices that are connected to the internet or intranet (internal network), to allow users remote management of different household appliances or systems. Smart homes are full of amazing new and constantly improving technology, and with any technology, there can always be threats from hackers. This by no means is a suggestion to stray away from smart home devices, rather an article filled with tips to make sure you are taking the proper steps to keep your smart home safe.

It is important to be aware about the exposures of your
automation systems. These steps will help prevent hackers from gain access to
the network that connects to your smart home.

USE PROTECTED DEVICES
AND APPLIANCES ONLY

When it comes to smart home devices, you want to make sure
you are buying brands that are reliable and trustworthy. Buying cheaper devices
may save you money, but it can expose you to cyber threats, as these devices
lack the proper protocols. You want to make sure the devices you are purchasing
meet standards like ZigBee, Z-Wave or S2 (Security 2). Most well-known brands
will satisfy these qualifications.

Using smart home appliances or devices like thermostats,
lighting systems and CCTV present in your smart home are part of a network.
These are the networks you want to make sure are properly protected. You can do
your research prior to purchasing to make sure your smart home devices meet
these security standards.

NEVER ACCESS YOUR
SMART HOME NETWORK FROM A PUBLIC OR OPEN WIFI

In order for your smart home devices to operate, they need
to be connected to a network. You do not want to connect them to public or open
WIFI because these system entail weak security. It is important to connect them
to a secure and private network that ideally is only used by you.

Public WIFI has very poor security protocols and this gives
hackers the opportunity to sneak into your home network. Methods like man in
the middle (MITM) enables hackers to set up fake public WIFI that allows them
to intercept any transmission that takes place. They may be able to see the
type of data that you are sending to or receiving from your smart home.

KEEP YOUR SMARTPHONE
SECURED

Our smartphones seem to be our connection to everything, and our smart home devices are no exceptions. Our smart phones act as universal remotes for all of our home automation needs. It is important to make sure that your device is secure, not just for your smart home, but for all the other information someone would have access to. Ensure that it is always locked with passcode, touch ID or facial recognition.

If for some reason your device is ever lost or stolen you
can always access it from “Find my iPhone” to lock your device. There are many
ways to practice and ensure your security on your smart phone, it is important
you always do so.

SMART HOMES NEED
SMART PASSWORD MANAGEMENT

In a typical smart home, the appliances or devices are
connected to the network via a WIFI router or hub; therefore protecting Wi-Fi
is crucial. Set a strong password for your Wi-Fi network that is at least 12
characters long. It is important to make this password unique and not one that
others could easily guess.

A lot of people name there networks in a way that is easily
noticeable for example, “Bryan’s House,” in order to keep your smart home
devices secure, it is suggested not to do this,

Before investing in a smart home it is important to
understand how these devices operate. You want to make sure you are making your
life easier, not harder. These steps well help ensure an easy and safe process
when operating and building your smart home.