Five Tips to Protect Your Smart Home

While the latest trendy gadgets promise to make your home smarter and more effective, it's still up to you to figure out how to keep the connected devices in your smart home secure.

Fremont, CA: Smart TVs, surveillance cameras, smart locks, gaming consoles, and smart thermostats are examples of internet-enabled devices that can bring convenience to your life, but they can also make your home and connected devices susceptible to risks. That's why it's crucial to have a security strategy in place for protecting smart home devices. For cybercriminals, the Internet of Things — all those gadgets and devices that link to the internet and each other on your home network — has opened up new doors.

Here are five tips to secure your smart home:

Give router a name

Don't use the name the manufacturer gave it because it could be used to mark the make or model. Give it an unusual name that has nothing to do with you or your address. You don't want your router's name to reveal any sensitive information about you.

Use a strong encryption method for Wi-Fi

When configuring Wi-Fi network access on your router, it's a wise option to use a strong encryption tool, such as WPA2. This will aid in the protection of your network and communications.

Set up a guest network

Maintain the privacy of your Wi-Fi account. Visitors, colleagues, and family can connect to a different network that isn't linked to your IoT devices.

Check the setting for devices

Default privacy and security settings can be found on your IoT devices. You should think about adjusting them because specific default settings can help the manufacturer more than you.

Keep software up to date

Do not delay running software update that your smartphone manufacturer gives you. It may be a fix for a security bug. Since you can connect to your smart home via mobile devices, mobile security is crucial. Your IoT software manufacturers can either send you updates, or you may have to search their websites for them. To stay secure, make sure you download and install updates on your computer.

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