by Robert Fox
Home Automation Systems are making our lives so much easier, and so naturally many people have started to use them nowadays. We are practically able to control our entire home security system, including thermostat, lights, door locks, deadbolts, and alarms with only one app. Years ago, this would sound like sci-fi. Today, it's just normal for many home owners. Simple and at the same time innovative, home automation has started being part of more and more homes.
However, have you thought about the fact that any wireless device connected thorough your router is a promising target for hackers? Oddly enough, it is. Most people don't think of "hacking" as a real issue that can cost them anything, but slowly but surely, "cyber-attacks" and "cyber-theft" is becoming more prominent. So, what can you do about it?
We give you several tips to help you protect your smart home from these crafty hackers. Now, some of these hacker prevention tips might seem like a bit of a hassle or extra work, but, we assure you, you'll be glad you put them to use, as they will significantly increase the security of your home and information.
The first thing to worry about is the security of your router. Hackers can easily get access to all devices connected on that network, if you have a low security or easily accessed router.
Therefore, do your research and get yourself a router that's highly rated among users.
Choose one that's password protected, and don't forget to change the default password that's been already set by the manufacturer. Default passwords are almost always easy to infiltrate.
So, be creative and make up a password that differs from the rest of your passwords.
Place the router and other devices connected to your home automation system in hidden areas, or at least at places that can't be easily noticed. In many cases, a few moments with a certain device is all hackers need to do their job. You can never know if from all the people that enter your home there's someone with such intentions, for instance, that guy who randomly came by to do a typical "inspection".
You should never ignore or postpone updating your home automation devices, including the router. People these days have an aversion to updating certain things, but in some cases, you really should consider it, because companies that have quality control in mind are constantly changing and improving the weak areas of their products. Hence, it might be time for an update!
You will get all of these improvements in the updates, including those related to the security of the product. Therefore, run the updates whenever required.
Although in many cases, such as clothes, brand name doesn't make much difference to some people. Whether your shirt has a polo player on it or an alligator, that isn't going to result in theft. However, when it comes to home automation, always go with a well-known brand. These companies have worked hard to earn their reputation, so they constantly try to improve the features of their products, including security.
These are just few tips about improving the security of your home automation system, and we hope you'll take them into consideration if you like to protect your private information, family, and home.
About Robert Fox
Rob Fox is a former hydro worker who used to teach self defence in Miami for 10 years. He's currently enjoying his retirement, playing cribbage and golf with his buddies, locksmithing and home security in his spare time. Rob is an avid reader, and has even written a few books on the subject of self defence.