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According to S&P Global Market Intelligence, approximately 43 million smart homes in the United States are equipped with over 45 million smart home security devices. Similarly, Wi-Fi networks have become more robust and faster to accommodate the growing demand for home automation. This post will delve into crucial tips for safeguarding your smart home security system and the surrounding Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

A quick browser search will reveal numerous worst-case hacking scenarios, ranging from compromised voice command devices to garage door openers and beyond.

But which IoT devices do hackers prefer?

All smart home products are enticing targets for hackers, aiming to exploit vulnerabilities in IoT devices and gain access to your home network. In an era where nearly every appliance has a sensor, from televisions and tablets to LED light bulbs with connected apps, vulnerabilities exist in some networked products. Here are examples of devices that may be accessible to someone in proximity using a laptop or other Wi-Fi sniffer:

  • Smart sprinkler systems
  • Smart flood lights
  • Remote control garage doors
  • Certain automobile systems

Moreover, inside-the-home devices controlled through an app from a smartphone or PC, such as voice assistants, fitness trackers, smart TVs, smartphones, smart appliances, video doorbells, and smart locks, may have security risks like subpar security tokens or vulnerable entry-points left open for maintenance.

So, how can you secure the devices designed to provide a sense of security and comfort?

 

Home Networking Devices at Risk

The risk of smart home network hacking is ever-present due to the multitude of devices using various internet protocols. To mitigate these risks, consider implementing the following best practices:

  1. Change your router’s default password and name frequently.
  2. Keep all your devices’ software updated.
  3. Install new security standards as they are released.
  4. Invest in a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
  5. Use two-factor authentication whenever available.
  6. Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks.
  7. Always change manufacturer default passcodes.
  8. Use hard-to-guess passwords on your device accounts.
  9. Avoid using the same passwords on multiple devices.
  10. Unplug devices that aren’t in use, especially when traveling.

Our virtual consultations are always free. If you want to learn more about your home security system or how it connects to your home network, please contact us at 630.844.6300.

 

About Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.

The expert staff at Alarm Detection Systems can also help create a threat mitigation plan for your alarm system. They can explain the latest technology and which security devices are compatible with your system. ADS has been assisting homeowners for years. Having local insight is one of the key benefits of working with us.

Alarm Detection Systems is one of the largest alarm firms in the country. Family-owned since 1968, we provide business alarmsfire alarmscard accesssecurity cameras, and home security systems. Proudly servicing Chicagoland, Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and Southern Wisconsin in the Midwest. Call us at 630.844.6300 for more information.

In Colorado, we service all of Denver, Boulder County, Northern Colorado, the Eastern Plains, and Colorado Springs. Call us at 1.800.446.7519 for more information. 

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