7 tips to keep your smart home devices safe and secure

Smart devices have become an integral part of our lives — smart speakers playing songs, curating shopping list and doing lots more; doorbell with a fully functioning camera that connects directly to a mobile phone; geysers, ACs and other appliances that can be operated from smartphones; the list is long. However, while these gadgets provide much convenience to us, they are also multiply the number of access points for hackers that they can use to steal private and personal information. However, there are simple tips you can use to keep these devices safe as per researchers at CheckPoint. Read on …

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​Update software

This rule is simple: Like all other gadgets — phone, laptop and more — the software of your smart home devices too needs to be updated regularly.

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​Make sure your router has encryption

By ensuring that your router is using the highest level of encryption helps to keep your data safe. Here remember that any internal Wi-Fi extenders or powerline home networks too support encryption. This will add an extra layer of protection for not only your router but also for smart devices.

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​Change the default password on your router

This is separate from your Wi-Fi passwords. Most routers are given a simple default password to allow for easy set up when first installed, but as a result are just as easy for hackers to guess. In fact, there are even lists of the most common ones available online. So make sure that you change them as soon as possible.

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​Set up a standalone Wi-Fi network, no sharing

Most routers will allow you to create a separate network for your smart home devices. This adds an extra layer of security. This means create a ‘guest setting’ in your Wi-Fi network for friends and family to access the internet when they visit you.

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​No personal passwords

When it comes to creating passwords for your devices, make sure that they are random and complex. If you find complex passwords harder to remember, consider using a password manager to help keep your devices protected.

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​Double authentication: Go for 2FA

By setting up an additional form of authentication, two-factor authentication or 2FA, goes a long way in keeping your devices safe.

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​Keep your work devices protected

With more of us now working from home, it is important for your work devices to be just as protected as your personal devices when they are relying on your home Wi-Fi. You can do this by making sure that your devices are up to date with the latest anti-malware technology. By keeping them secure, you can reduce the threat posed to your smart devices.

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