5 ways of improving smart home security
Among several psychological barriers to having a connected home, fear of being hacked is still a major one. Security is a major problem for the Internet of things (I.O.T) even if we are seeing improvements in the field lately. Any computer system can be attacked and the smart home is no exception. Improving smart home security will give you peace of mind. After spending a lot of money on smart gear, you wouldn’t want to get robbed. Implement the following tips & make your home safer.
Buy devices from brands with good reputation
Choosing the big brands is not a guarantee that you will not be hacked. I have nothing against startups though at times they tend to be unreliable when it comes to customer support. In the event that a loophole is detected the popular brands usually fix the bugs rapidly to safeguard their reputation. Some newcomers in the home automation industry are also making awesome products so don’t let this stop you from trying new stuff.
Secure your router
Your router acts as the gateway into everything that gets online in your home including your smart home equipment. Avoid connecting the smart equipment to the internet if you don’t have to. In-fact, some people are happy controlling their homes from inside & not the other side of the globe.
Update your router’s password regularly especially when feel like it has been compromised. This password is the key to gaining access to the web at your house, as well as access to everything else connected.
Still on your router, the type of wireless security you need to enable is WPA2 (WiFi) Protected Access II). Your router should be using this encryption protocol by default, but if it’s set to WEP or even broadcasting an open network (with no password), change it over to WPA2.
Networking infrastructure is what makes the Internet of Things possible, and as more types of devices get assigned Internet Protocol(IP) addresses, it becomes even more important to stick to network-security basics.
You might want to install a VPN on your router as well. A VPN (virtual private network) is a secure and private solution within the wider internet itself that allows users – whether they are individuals, or part of an organisation, or business – to send and receive data while maintaining the secrecy of a private network. Instructions on how that can be done are found here.
Update your gadgets
Make sure all your devices including the router are running the latest firmware upgrades. If a device doesn’t have automatic updating features, do the updates manually. Running the latest firmware means you are less likely to encounter problems from bugs in the previous versions.
Backup power supply
Make sure you have a backup power plan. Your security might be compromised if a critical device like your server is down . Depending on how your “things” are interlinked, you might fail to track criminals during that downtime. It would be great if you implement clean energy sources like solar as backup, this way you also protect the environment from pollution!
Practice Safe Behaviors
Personal habits can also play a huge role in home security. Homeowners should routinely lock doors and windows and arm the alarm system when exiting home. If you’ll be gone for a long time, you need to give the appearance that your home is occupied. Leave blinds in their usual positions. If you have an automated lighting system make sure it runs like on normal days. Make a plan to defer mail and other deliveries. Remove house keys when leaving keys with a parking attendant, tech-savvy thieves can duplicate your house key simply by taking a picture of it.
Wrapping it up
I hope these tips will go a long way in improving smart home security. Tramstech wants you to have a safe smart home. If you need help in buying reliable smart home equipment, let us know so that we can help.
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