Internet of Things has become the need of the hour as we are living in the digitalized world. People are connecting remote monitoring system to track their devices and vehicles to know the location and save fuel. Health monitoring systems like fitness trackers, thermostats, security cameras, home automation system, television all are connected to the internet so that they can be programmed from anywhere. No doubt the convenience has increased, but the risk of getting hacked has also increased multitudinous. If any of the connected devices has a poor configuration that lets the hackers to gain the unauthorized access to the network, then the other connected devices are also exposed to the hackers.
Here are some precautions which you can take to improve the security of your smart home network.
- Connect the Device only when it is Beneficial
Do not try to make your home excessively smart by unnecessarily connecting the various devices to the internet. Think twice if you need to connect your fridge to the web. Moreover, if you are not using a device then get it disconnected from the network. When there are fewer devices connected there is less vulnerability.
- Secure your Home Network
Security of your home network is crucial, and for this, your router must be configured correctly. If your devices are under firewall protection of the Wi-Fi router, then your private information will be secure too.All the smart devices have a computer inside them, so when they are connected through the firewall, the malicious traffic will be blocked.
If you are still using the old protocol (WEP), then change it to the WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) as it is the strongest encryption available today.
- Change Default Settings and Password
Do not use the router with the default settings, since the vendors have set these and are public knowledge. Before setting up the process change the default log-in password and default IP address. Set a secure password by combining the letters (upper & lower), symbols and numbers randomly so that hackers cannot crack it easily.
- Set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
By setting up a VPN, you will be providing a layer of encryption to your smart home security. Suppose you are using a public network for remote monitoring your camera or another device it will not be exposed to the others as the data is fully encrypted and unreadable.
- Use Reliable Antivirus Software and Update Firmware
Many companies are making software that is capable of protecting multiple devices. The antivirus software will help in protect your devices from viruses, spyware, malware, and other malicious programs. However, make sure they are updated regularly and automatically as daily new security threats are arising.
Also regularly check the firmware updates for your internet connected appliances, these patches will help in combating the malicious attacks.
- Create Separate Guest Network
You can set up different networks to ensure your smart home network security is at utmost. IoT devices should be connected to the various networks, not with the one your guests are using. You can also have the privilege to disable guest network if the guests are not using it or are viewing malicious sites. Nevertheless, you can also create separate Wi-Fi networks for the devices like PCs, laptops, smartphones that you use for shopping or banking purposes. This way your personal information would not be revealed if somehow devices of other network are compromised.
Smart device users have to be very vigilant to win the battle as more and more security threats are emerging so often. Though there is no full proof method to stop the professional hackers, at least these tips can make your devices less vulnerable to attacks.
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