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4 Practical tips to protect your smart home

Luis Pinto, Head of Content

Here we will show you four practical tips to increase your smart home security: update your firmware, change passwords and protect your wifi network.

According to Gartner 8.4 billion smart home devices will be in use in 2017 and up to 20.4 billion in 2020. What does this mean? That everyone (including you) will have at least one smart home device in the following five years.

Security has become one of the biggest concerns we have. We've started writing longer passwords and setting security patterns on our phones. But we still have some leaks we need to solve.

Before getting into our home we pick up the key from our pocket (we try to never lose it), then we turn the key and we open the door. After that, we get in and we never forget to close the door.

We don’t lose the key (well... it can happen), give it to anybody we don't trust or let them get into the house if we aren't there and we don’t know them, right?

I want you to imagine that the key is your WiFi password, that the lock is your network and that opening the door is giving access to your smart home devices.

Why do we give the WiFi password to people we don’t know? Why would we allow unknown people to access our WiFi network when we have smart home devices that could be vulnerable?

Let me show you some tips we can use to protect our smart home:

Increase your smart home security following this 4 practical tips

WiFi Security

I can't stress it enough. You have to take care about giving the WiFi password to people you don’t know. In the same way we don’t allow unknown people to enter in our home, don’t let them get into your WiFi network.

Increase the security of your WiFi password. If you can, use WPA2 as it offers the strongest security.

You could also have a dedicated network for your Smart Home devices and for you. Then have a second "guest" network to provide people with Internet connection when they visit you.

The Internet is not your enemy

Some people think that connecting your devices to the Internet is something bad. It's true that communications through the public net are more prone to attacks, although they are almost always encrypted. Plus, if you want to control your smart home when you're not in,  you need devices connected to the Internet.

Update your smart devices' firmware

Most of the time it seems that if we update the software of our devices they will become slower and that it’s not worth it. Not only this isn't true for most cases but it is also very recommended to update it to improve their security. The updates include sometimes security patches and feature updates.

Change default passwords

By default some smart devices have a preset password. Hackers know this and use it to gain access to smart device accounts. Beware of this and customise the password of your accounts, don’t make it easy for hackers access to your devices.

It’s true we can’t be completely safe but we can always improve the way we manage the smart home security. Here, I exposed four tips we can use to achieve this. If you have another one let us know!

Thank you for reading!

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