The latest gadgets in the market are coming equipped with technology that allows you to control them with your smartphone. While it is exhilarating to be able to control every aspect of your house with your handheld device, there is a looming question of safety that needs to be addressed. Hackers can now easily access your TV, laptop, music system, refrigerators, fitness bands and just about anything in your house.
Since all smart devices are based on network, users must invest in fraud monitoring and identity protection software to secure their devices and their homes. Here are a few tips to help you protect your smart home.
- First and foremost, you must ensure that your wireless network has a firewall which protects your network from unknown connections.
- You must also invest in a Unified Threat Management system if you have a house that is replete with smart devices as this system will not only give antivirus coverage but also manage the internet gateway.
- You must ensure that your home Wi-Fi is securely protected by a complex hard to guess the password.
- What you name your Wi-Fi network has a part to play in its security. Do not give it an obvious name like that of your family or your children or pet’s name which is easy to guess. Give your account a hard to guess name – something that cannot be associated with you or your family.
- There is a guest network access on your network that gives access to guests and a loophole that hackers can attack but you must disable this feature and control strictly who can have access to your network.
- If you possess a router that can handle multiple SSIDs you must have two Wi-Fi networks. Use one for all smartphones, laptops and iPads and tables used for banking, shopping, and your regular web activity while the second one exclusively for the other smart devices used in your house.
- Do not use the factory set passwords for any of your devices; you must change all admin passwords to something that is complex and hard to break.
All information regarding the management of your smart devices will be found at YourSmartHomeGuide.