Why You Need to Worry About Your Devices
As we discussed in a previous article, IoT (Internet of Things) devices, your smart assistants, refrigerators, fire alarms, etc., can be seriously dangerous if their security is breached. In the recent past, many of these gadgets have had serious security flaws which have posed a big threat to consumers. Everyone who owns or interacts with IoT devices should take steps to secure their networks and improve their safety. These are the steps you can take.
Make Sure Your WIFI Connection is Safe
Obviously, one of the most important things you can do to secure your devices is to secure your network. If a would-be-hacker has access to your network, your IoT gadgets can’t be safe. An article published by Norton, outlines many steps to secure a WIFI network. Changing the default name and password, though, is key to your security.
Understand the Risks Before Purchasing a New Device
Every IoT device you buy has a balance of pros and cons. Obviously, these devices can be immensely convenient and beneficial to our daily lives. However, every device is also another company to trust, another target for hackers, and another account to defend. Carefully consider what you need and what risks you’re willing to take.
Bolster Your Accounts with Two Factor Authentication (TFA) and More Secure Passwords
Most IoT devices come with a convenient app or website to control and/or monitor them. These systems require accounts, obviously with passwords. Each of these accounts is a potential target that could be infiltrated and used to remotely control your smart home. It is vital, as with all online platforms, to keep these accounts secure. First, enable TFA. It can be annoying sometimes, but it’s worth it for the peace of mind that your account is secure. Second, ensure that you’re using unique, strong passwords for each of your accounts. To help with this, consider password manager programs such as 1Password, NordPass, or Dashlane.
Have Two Separate Networks
Finally, for those of you who really want to keep your systems safe, consider having two networks, one for smart home appliances and one for personal devices. This technique separates your personal devices so that if your smart home products are breached, you won’t also have to worry about your PC and vice versa. Many routers and ISPs allow you to generate a second network from a single router. Typically used for guests, you can use it to safely manage all your IoT gadgets.
In conclusion, to secure your smart home, first secure your accounts and network. If your access is not secure, your IoT devices can’t be secure. Then, understand the risks that come with each device. It’s impossible to fully secure any system, especially when you have to rely on companies to not fall victim to data breaches, but following these tips should help secure your home network.