Enjoy the benefits of smart home without the security fears

Following the recent Panorama, Hacked: smart home secrets, we felt it was important to share some of the knowledge we apply to smart homes to ensure they stay safe. These tips are relevant to all home internet safety and have been for many years.

1. Make sure you set secure passwords

This is undoubtedly the most important factor! Make sure that your passwords are highly secure and always change any default password provided by a manufacturer. You can enter your password on this third-party site: https://howsecureismypassword.net/ to check how secure your password will be.

Most importantly we believe that it is very important to create secure passwords for your home broadband router, your email and of course your mobile phone or tablet. We would also recommend password securing any other devices/hubs you have in your home which require an account login.

1. Make sure you set secure passwords

This is undoubtedly the most important factor! Make sure that your passwords are highly secure and always change any default password provided by a manufacturer. You can enter your password on this third-party site: https://howsecureismypassword.net/ to check how secure your password will be.

Most importantly we believe that it is very important to create secure passwords for your home broadband router, your email and of course your mobile phone or tablet. We would also recommend password securing any other devices/hubs you have in your home which require an account login.

2. Buy a router with advanced security features

While technology can make your smart home better, there are also many devices that can also make it safer. Some routers can allow you to be notified the moment a new device connects and will give you the option to immediately block the device, for example the Securfi Almond 3 offers this option, as well as having their additional IOT security feature https://www.securifi.com/uk/iot-security.

3. Don’t purchase low quality equipment

While the £15 Wi-Fi camera on Amazon looks appealing, it will never offer the security of higher costing brand named equipment. It will be less secure and lower cost equipment is lower cost because the manufacturer has not put in the time to develop more advanced security.

3. Don’t purchase low quality equipment

While the £15 Wi-Fi camera on Amazon looks appealing it will never offer the security of higher costing brand named equipment, it will be less secure and lower cost equipment is lower cost because the manufacturer has not put in the time to develop more advanced security.

4. Use pin protection wherever possible

One of the biggest concerns that has arisen with voice activation devices is that many can be set up to allow for voice purchasing. We find that surprisingly few people know about the option to protect voice purchasing using a pin code, and everyone can do this in the settings on their account.

5. Keep your passwords safe

Never share your passwords with anyone you don’t trust, and if you must pass these on to someone, never send them over email.

We strongly suggest having varied passwords as should one be compromised, then the hacker will have the potential to try this password with all your account logins.

5. Keep your passwords safe

Never share your passwords with anyone you don’t trust, and if you must pass these on to someone, never send them over email.

We strongly suggest having varied passwords as should one be compromised then the hacker will have the potential to try this password with all your account logins

6. Be careful who you share your data with

Often when you sign up for new accounts through your computer or phone app it states that you are giving them access to your personal and private information! Always read and check what access is being given and only allow it if you trust the company you are signing up to.

7. Keep your software up to date

In the same way that your computer software is given regular updates to keep ahead of hackers, so too must your smart home devices, if prompted to update the software, always do it.

7. Keep your software up to date

In the same way that your computer software is given regular updates to keep ahead of hackers, so to must your smart home devices, many of these will prompt you to update the software, and you must always do this when prompted.

8. Keep your phone safe

The vast majority of smart home devices run from your smart phone or tablet, so it is key that you keep this secure, you should use fingerprint protection on your phone as well as making sure the passwords are secure. We also suggest keeping your home tablets locked in the case of a break-in.

9. Regularly change your passwords

Hackers tend to run bots (malicious software applications) that will endlessly try to guess your passwords, if you change your passwords at least every 6 months, it will lower the chances of the bots ever guessing your password correctly.

9. Regularly change your passwords

Hackers tend to run bots (malicious software applications) that will endlessly try to guess your passwords, if you change your passwords at least every 6 months, it will lower the chances of the bots ever guessing your password correctly.

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10. Get professional advice

If you are unsure or have any concern to the best ways of setting up your smart home for security, then Smartn have professional advisers on hand to ensure that you keep your home completely secure. Location dependent we can also offer full smart home consultations and can professionally install all your smart home requirements giving you total peace of mind that the technology in your home is secure.

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