One of the greatest ironies of life may be that the devices we create to protect ourselves can sometimes be used against us. By 2020, it is estimated that there are 44.7 million smart households in the U.S. alone. With the growth of the smart home industry comes horror stories about hacked monitors and ever-increasing concerns about digital privacy, data breaches, and identity theft.
Home security system can provide a sense of security and comfort, but how to use them without risks? Here are some tips to keep hackers out of your home security system.
1. Weigh the vulnerabilities vs. the benefits
Unluckily, the truth is that there is no IT infrastructure that can be 100% secured. The best thing we can do is seeking to reduce the risk. Therefore, as designing a smart home system, you need to analyze what is important to you and your family, as well as what the risk is.
Before adding any device to your home network, research every device and brand you buy and make it clear: Is the benefits this device offers worth the potential risk of a hack? If not, don’t buy one.
2. Create a secure Wi-Fi network
Buy a router from a reputable brand and follow the instructions of the manufacturer to change the network name and default password. Select a network name which doesn’t give away your location or personal details automatically. Also make sure to hide your network from view, an option which can usually be found in the settings menu of the router.
You can also create a second Wi-Fi network particularly for your smart home devices. There are many routers that allow you to create multiple networks, each with its own name and password. Doing so, hacking your IoT device will confine an attacker to that network and keep it segregated from where you store your sensitive information and do your banking. It is another good idea to set up a Guest network for your home visitors’ smartphones and computers so that they can’t see or access your IoT devices.