7 tips to keep your smart home devices safe

Smart devices are now an integral part of our lives – smart speakers play songs, organize a shopping list and do so much more; doorbell with a fully functional camera that connects directly to the mobile phone; geysers, air conditioners and other devices that can be controlled from smartphones; the list is long. However, while these gadgets provide us with a lot of convenience, they 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 secure, according to CheckPoint researchers. Continue reading…

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Update software

This rule is simple: like all other gadgets (phone, laptop, etc.), the software of your smart home devices should also be updated regularly.

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​Make sure your router is encrypted

By ensuring that your router uses the highest level of encryption, you help keep your data secure. Remember that all internal Wi-Fi extenders or powerline home networks also support encryption. This will add an extra layer of protection not only for 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 password by default to allow for easy setup when first installed, but as a result they are just as easy for hackers to guess. In fact, there are even lists of the most common available online. So be sure to change them as soon as possible.

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

Most routers will allow you to create a separate network for your smart home devices. This adds an extra layer of security. This means creating a “guest setting” in your Wi-Fi network so that your friends and family can 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 they are random and complex. If you find complex passwords harder to remember, consider using a password manager to protect your devices.

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​Double authentication: opt for 2FA

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

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Protect your work devices

As more and more of us work from home, it’s important that your work devices are as protected as your personal devices when they rely on your home Wi-Fi. You can do this by making sure your devices are up to date with the latest anti-malware technology. By keeping them safe, you can reduce the threat posed to your smart devices.

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