As adults, sometimes we like to pretend tearing off the wrapping paper of a Christmas present isn’t as fun as it once was. For those of us who are still trying to savor that sweet Santa spirit, however, this year can be just as exciting. The only difference is, instead of toys, we might be receiving gifts that can smarten up our lives.
Smart devices have definitely become the hottest thing since sliced bread, with smart home capability to allow you to control your household appliances like lights and air conditioners from your smart device or computer. But while smart devices can make life easier, they also come with potential security risks if not properly secured. The following guide will provide you with tips on how to protect your smart devices and the data associated with them.
How Safe Are Smart Devices?
Just because something has a recognizable brand plastered onto the box, it doesn’t mean it’s 100% secure – smart devices are no exception. Unfortunately, many smart device makers cut corners when it comes to security which leaves them vulnerable to attack. Before you purchase a smart device, do your research on the brand and its security features to make sure they have done their due diligence in protecting your data.
Securing Your Smart Devices
Once you’ve selected your smart device of choice, there are steps you can take to ensure its safety. Let’s take a look at a few of them so you can keep your holiday season a little less stressful.
Keep up-to-date with Updates
One of the most important and easiest things you can do is to make sure your smart device is always running the latest security updates. Smart device manufacturers often release bug fixes and additional security patching that could prevent a cyber-attack, so be sure to set up automatic updates if possible or check for updates periodically on your smart home device.
Protect Your Wi-Fi Network
Cybercriminals are notorious for finding their way into your smart devices, so it’s essential that you protect your Wi-Fi network from being infiltrated. To secure your smart home, create strong passwords with at least 8 characters containing upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters for each smart device connected to your smart home hub as well as for access to your home Wi-Fi.
Enable Two-Factor Authentication
Whenever possible, enable two-factor authentication for all smart devices connected to your smart home hub. This will ensure that even if someone were to gain access to your smart device, they would need both a username and password as well as an additional authenticator code sent via text or email in order to get full access.
Stay Secure & Smart With Smart Devices
By following these steps you can rest easy knowing that your smart home or smart office is secure. Just remember: smart devices require smart security! So make sure you do the necessary research before buying, protect your Wi-Fi password at all times, and always keep up with the latest updates. That way you can enjoy the convenience of smart living without having to worry about security.