Technology Safety 101: Tips to Keep Your Smart Devices Secure from Hackers
As the Internet of Things (IoT) seems to take over our homes and the world, everyone has concerns over personal security. If you’ve been on the internet long enough, you’ve undoubtedly fallen victim to malware, phishing, or some other malicious attack. It’s just the way of the modern world.
But just as we’re mastering internet safety, a whole new generation of devices are emerging. And there may be a few things you need to know about protecting your smart devices. It’s not quite the same as protecting your smartphone or computer.
So here are some basic tips to keep your smart devices secure from hackers. At a bare minimum, you should be doing these things to protect yourself.
1. Rename your router
This may seem like a trivial thing, but the generic name that appears when you set up a new router may contain information that identifies the router’s make or model. This can help hackers figure out how to hack into your home network and access your smart devices. When you choose a new name, choose something that doesn’t identify your router, home address, or name. This will help keep you and your family as safe as possible.
2. Keep your wifi private
Most people make the mistake of sharing their home network with friends, neighbors, and guests. But the more people who have your password, the less secure it will be. To be on the safe side, set up a guest network to share with everyone else and keep your home network private.
3. Always change default passwords and usernames
If your IoT device comes with default usernames and passwords, it’s crucial that you change them to protect your security. Hackers are well aware of the generic login information provided by the manufacturer, so you don’t want to give them easy access.
4. Disable features you’re not using
Most IoT devices are feature-rich and provide us much more than we’d realistically use. So, to be on the safe side, disable those features. Every feature opens another avenue for hackers to access your home. For example, if there’s a video monitoring feature that you’re not using, simply turn it off. If a hacker were to access the cam, they could get a full view of your home.
5. Don’t skip updates
Software updates are annoying, but they provide much-needed updates and security patches that keep these devices safe. As hackers find new ways to access our devices, manufacturers adjust the software program to enhance protection. If you don’t accept the update, you won’t benefit from the added security.
Smart devices make our lives easier in so many ways, but in the case of a security breach, they can make our lives so much more difficult. Take the basic measures to secure all your devices in your home network and you’ll be able to benefit from the convenience without the scary risks.
Take the steps outlined here to keep your smart devices and your home safe from hackers.
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