Home Automation and Security: A Guide for Securing Your Smart Home


Home automation- a concept unheard of until yesterday, has become a reality today. A home automation system allows you to use your smartphone, laptop, or tablet to remotely control electronic devices in your home and household functions.

Internet connected devices can add a level of convenience to your life, but they can also jeopardize your security. Smart home devices with little or no in-built security are vulnerable to malware. IoT devices can offer new entry points for cybercriminals who can exploit security vulnerabilities to hack your home system.

Here are some tips to make your connected home more secure.

Change Default Usernames and Passwords

Many IoT devices come set with a default password. Using a default password can be a huge security risk as many cybercriminals know these passwords.

A cybercriminal who knows the default password of your IoT device can easily access your system and steal your personal information. To prevent this from happening, set unique passwords for all your devices.

Set up a Guest Network

Keep your home devices on a separate network. Set up a guest network that does not tie into your IoT devices for visitors.

Name Your Router

Instead of sticking with the name your manufacturer gave to your router, rename it to prevent it from giving away any personal identifiers. Choose an unusual name that does not contain any information related to you or your location.

Stay on top of Updates

Updates are rolled out for a reason. A security update is usually designed to fix security or any other flaws that make your smart home devices vulnerable to cyber attacks. Whenever your IoT device maker sends an update, do not put off installing it. If you use your mobile device to connect to your smart home, look for, and install patches to keep your smartphone and the devices that you access through it safely.

Use a Strong Encryption Method

When setting up your Wi-Fi network access, use a strong encryption method such as WPA2. This will help keep your network secure and prevent digital eavesdropping.

Check the Settings of Your Devices

Look for and change default privacy and security settings (factory settings). IoT devices come with a range of features. Disable the ones that you do not need.

Avoid Public Wi-Fi Networks

When you are outside, resist the temptation of using a public network to manage your devices as there are various risks of public Wi-Fi. Instead, use a VPN.

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