Smart technology such as TVs, thermostats, security cameras and gaming consoles may offer convenience, but these digital advancements also bring greater risks. Internet-connected devices can supply hackers with new avenues to exploit personal information, and privacy and security can be compromised without a proper defense plan. Whether you’re a current or new homeowner, following a few safety precautions can safeguard your network from cybercriminals and better ensure only you have access to your hardware.
Hackers can intercept the network of your smart home to access personal data and harness the power of your Internet-connected devices — and even control them. One way to protect your private information from getting leaked is with a password, which acts as the first line of defense against cybercriminals. Consider changing your default password for a stronger one that includes a mix of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Homeowners can also make a password less hackable by making it longer than eight characters or using a string of unrelated words.
Add another layer of security by activating two-factor authentication on your devices, which may deter persistent hackers. This two-step process verifies the information before allowing an individual to access his or her account. Moreover, software updates are vital for cybersecurity. Devices with outdated software are susceptible to malware infections and data breaches, so be sure to upgrade to the newest versions when available.
Set up a secondary or guest network for visitors to use. You can create multiple networks on your Wi-Fi router so that certain devices can operate separately from personal ones such as your laptop. This can help prevent unauthorized access to hardware that might not be secure.
For additional ways on how to safeguard your smart home technology, see the accompanying checklist.