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Can your smart home be a target to hackers?

Can your smart home be a target to hackers?

27 October 2020

Smart homes can make life more convenient, but they can also be vulnerable to hacking attempts and put you and your family at risk. All smart homes have a computer network which can function as a garage door opener, security system supervisor, appliance manager, etc.

However, cybersecurity experts always warn that even the most convenient networks can become a target to hackers who can easily gain access to your home, and your most private information. Experts also warn that all smart devices are a backdoor to your personal data.

We are here to protect you from hackers. We compiled a list of several tips to keep your smart home devices safe and secure.

Can smart homes be hacked?

Unfortunately, smart homes can be hacked just like any device. With the rise of technology and numerous smart home devices, hackers can’t be stopped. They started using IoT technology in order to spy on businesses, launch hacking attacks, and even put malware on home systems and networks. Everyone should be aware that this modern reality can easily turn into a nightmare with smart home systems.

What to expect if your smart devices get hacked?

When someone breaks into your house, you can easily be alerted by an alarm or maybe some of the neighbors will notice and even call the police. However, a hacker has the advantage of working in the background.

Hackers can gain access to your private information and easily steal it without you even knowing. What’s worse, they can steal your identity and even cause financial damage. Although all smart devices and gadgets can provide entertainment, education, and communication for your family, there are several vulnerabilities which hackers can use to break into your home.

Biggest home threats

Lighting, thermostat, surveillance cameras and other smart devices have a 24/7 potential access because they are constantly running. These devices have a greater risk than those you only use occasionally. Even though a computer or a router are most likely to be attacked by hackers, there is a high chance you have smart devices in your living room, kitchen or bedroom like smart TV, streaming gadgets, refrigerators, ovens, etc. Despite making your life more convenient, all of these devices can make your home a target for hackers.

Let’s not forget about all those smart toys and baby monitors which can easily be hacked. Consider that any smart device can offer an opening to your home network.

Can a password protect from hacking?

In order to protect your personal information and devices from hackers, the first thing you need to do is to have a strong and unique password. Even though every device has a factory default password, it needs to be changed immediately. Always make sure to create long passwords and include lowercase and uppercase letters, special symbols and numbers. A strong and unique password will protect you from any hacking attempts.

How to secure your smart devices?
  • When you are buying a device, choose brands with proven security track records.
  • Unplug all devices when you are not using them.
  • Whenever you receive a notification about a software update, don’t ignore it. If you don’t want to be bothered with notifications, just set your device to auto-update so you can always have the latest software.
  • Choose the privacy settings that you’re comfortable with.
  • Create long and unique passwords for each device.
  • Install an antivirus software program for your router that will provide protection to all your electronic devices.

You will always be a step ahead from hackers by following these tips. Don’t become a victim!

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