One of the questions we’re often asked is how secure is a smart home from hackers? The truth is that if it’s connected online, then very little is 100 per cent safe, although manufacturers are constantly at the forge updating and improving security.
If you follow the steps below, you’re definitely helping in that fight and most of the points are common sense that we already employ in the cyber world.
- If you can’t remember all of your passwords off the top of your head, consider a password management system. Always keep all your login details secure.
- Don’t use your dog’s name, a date of birth or your favourite football team as a password. Pick a strong password with a minimum of 12 characters.
- Set a strong password for your Wi-Fi, too, and avoid calling the network by your name. You don’t need to give any potential hackers a head start.
- Install system updates as soon as you receive the prompts.
- Never access your smart home network through open or public Wi-Fi.
- Look after your smartphone. This is your universal remote, so you don’t want it falling into the wrong hands. Protect it with a passcode and face recognition security and make sure ‘find my phone’ is activated.