Home automation is a system of tech products that make a home a Smart Home.
Smart homes are the future. These tools not only increase the value of your home, they also make life more convenient and safer.
A lot of home automation is smart home security. They can help you keep an eye on things that matter to you, and warn you of issues before they become major problems.
As technology improves, smart homes improve, and it’s important that you’re aware of and know how to use the technology in your home.
Just as you practice smart safety around your identity, credit cards, etc., you’ll also practice cyber safety. Since smart home security uses technology like the internet, you need to protect yourself against cyber criminals.
Here are 7 smart home security tips you’ll want to keep in mind as you update your home.
Tip #1: Hire A Professional
Incorrect installation and/or an accidental omission of security steps happen because a DIY installer was unaware of everything they had to do
Even if you’re a tech pro, some smart devices can be a bit confusing to install. But the complexity gets tougher for people who aren’t as tech-savvy. And it’s especially hard if the system has a lot of wiring going on–you’ll definitely want to hire an electrician to help you out at the very least. .
After you get the equipment set up, sometimes you also need to set up your own passwords for your system. This is an important part of the process to protect your cameras and parts of your security system. And it’s another reason hiring a pro to help you out may just be the easier and safer way of handling the installation process.
Tip #2: Encrypt Your Router
Your router is the key to your connected devices. If the router is unsecured, then everything you’re doing with the internet is insecure. You’re open to cyber criminals.
In order to protect yourself, you need to secure your router with a strong and unique password. Something that can’t be guessed. You’ll also need to set up two-factor authentication on all your devices to double layer your protection. Even if your password is guessed somehow, the two-factor authentication will protect you further.
Tip #3: Platform Security And Integration
Thoroughly research your security equipment before you buy. Read up customer reviews on different brands/models.
You’ll want your equipment to work from a single smart home hub. Make sure the equipment you want, whether you’re buying them all at once or buying them over time, will work well together.
Home security companies can help you with your home security system. They often have different levels of security packages to choose from that can make the selection process easier.
Tip #4: Update Software Regularly
Your devices will have software updates now and then. These updates will continue to protect you from cyber crime and criminals as they find new ways around existing security. These updates are often in direct response to security flaws the company finds; these patches will fortify your security.
Failing to update can leave you exposed.
Tip #5: Use A Virtual Private Network (VPN)
VPNs is one of the best layers of protection you can use for your smart home devices.
A VPN hides your IP address and allows you even more privacy each time you access the internet.
Tip #6: Set Up A Guest Network
When you’re changing the name and password on your router online, set up a guest network.
When you have visitors, you can have them use that specific network with its own password instead of giving out your private network password.
This also adds more security for your data and information and prevents visitors from accessing your search history.
Tip #7: Be Careful With Public Wi-Fi
It’s very easy to connect your devices to public wi-fi. And a lot of security features allows you to access data or footage, or control equipment remotely with your phone. So it’s tempting to use your phone for these reasons at any time.
However, you should be wary of public wi-fi (like at cafes or airports) because these are usually not secure and anyone can access them. Instead, wait until you’re on a secure network to check out your security or control your home remotely.