Smarthome security: General tips


Having a smarthome is easy, keeping a smarthome safe is a bit more difficult. That is why we give a number of general tips with which you can now keep your own home of the future safe.

The more devices you have at home, the greater the chance of problems. We don’t just mean things that can break, we also look at things like privacy and online security. A voice assistant, for example, always listens in and sometimes also stores data. A security camera makes images of your surroundings, which makes you feel safe, but where do those images go?

Therefore, consider carefully which products you want to use and to what extent they pose a risk to you online privacy and security. Find out what happens to your data and check for frequent hacks or data breaches. You can’t be too careful.

In line with that tip, we would also like to inform you that you should keep your home network safe. Give your WiFi network a unique password, use recent security protocols and always download the latest updates for your router. You don’t have to hide your network name (SSID) per se: that will only give you a headache, without you getting much out of it.

Speaking of updates: of course always keep the firmware of your smart products up to date. It doesn’t happen often, but there have been stories of smart bulbs inadvertently giving access to someone’s personal network. You just want to avoid things like that.

Keeping smart home safe

Since you probably create different accounts for all kinds of smarthome products, it is a good idea to create a unique password for each account. You can maintain that all by yourself, but you can also leave the work to password managers. Such managers automatically log you in, because you store your account details there.

They can also often help you generate a unique and strong password, one that cannot be easily cracked. And that while from now on you only have to remember one password: that of the password manager. That saves a lot of hassle and hopefully – in the long term – a lot of stress. Also, make use of two-step verification so that people don’t just sneak in even with your data.

A separate network

If you don’t trust everything completely, you can consider creating a second network for your smarthome products. When a malicious person nevertheless penetrates one network, they do not immediately have access to all devices in the house.

Some routers support the creation of a guest network: activate that network for your smart home devices, so that they have a little extra protection from outside attacks. How you do that exactly, of course, depends on the router you use. Look up those options via the manual or otherwise contact the customer service of the provider.

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