Updated: Feb 28
Smart homes are receiving increasing interest amongst many these days, but the security and privacy of Smart Homes from hackers is often questioned. The Internet of Things is changing the way we live by connecting the devices we use. Connected Smart Devices such as CCTV cameras, fire alarms, door locks via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth have made our lives easier and more convenient. However, when your homes are connected to the internet it may be open to some security risks.
Can Smart Homes Be Hacked?
Smart hackers getting into your home automation systems could be due to a flaw in its hardware and system. In most cases though, any device connected to the internet can be hacked mainly due to human error. Most users are seemingly unaware of break-ins that are possible due to advanced techniques such as brute force attacks or social engineering. There are simple precautions that you can take to make sure your Smart Home System is secure from the dangers of the internet.
How do Smart Homes get hacked?
Your Smart Home System can be accessed through many means, depending on the level of security built into the system. Once a smart hacker tracks a device they can gain access by figuring out passwords within that device through various methods such as a simple brute force attack or social engineering.
Once hackers are inside your device they may set up accounts to use later and install malware or malicious firmware systems. Systems require constant updates for better security towards hackers that may try to attack weak or outdated encryption algorithms.
They may take advantage of other vulnerable devices within your home to gain access to your central network or other smart home devices. The emergence of IoT and Smart Homes has greatly increased the possible attack surface that can be utilized by smart hackers.
Protecting your home from Hackers
The first step you can take towards better security is enabling a strong password for your home automation system and your Wi-Fi router - this device requires the most protection as hackers can gain access to any connected device in your house through your router. If your existing router does not offer the best security, have it replaced with the latest and make sure the one you do replace it with has the necessary options that let you beef up security.
Once you have set up a stronger password, it is advisable to set up two-factor authentication through an OTP or biometric (fingerprint) means for your smart lockset or the accounts that your smart home is connected to - a unique code is sent to your device every time a new login is attempted. Remember to change your passwords frequently for better security!
Your devices must be updated every time a new version is released, new updates usually contain bug fixes and better protection eliminating the risk of hackers breaking into weaker systems. You might even find it useful to install firewalls between your router and devices for added protection.
It is important that you feel comfortable and secure in your home! Before installing your Smart Home ask the company's support team for information on tech specs especially specs concerning security and compliance and once satisfied with their products, you can peacefully enjoy the comfort that Smart Homes brings you.
Physically securing your smart home though, is a different topic altogether with Smart door locks growing in importance and popularity in this internet age.
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