Do Your Homework Before Building A Smarter Home
With the rise of smart devices like smart kitchen appliances, doorbell cameras, and data-logging sensors, there is also an increased level of security risk. These threats include cryptocurrency mining, denial-of-service attacks, and stealing user passwords. However, precautionary steps are easy to take.
The first thing you should do is to keep your device updated at all times. Always remember to change the default passwords. There are apps that can remember the passwords for you. If they are not good enough, they will generate complex ones that can’t be cracked. LastPass or 1Password are good options.
Consider setting up a separate WiFi network just for your smart devices, including smart speakers and anything else you want tethered to one another. This ensures that all network traffic associated with home automation is diverted through a separate line from the one you use for your computers and mobile devices, where you're more likely to access data like banking and email passwords.
Never share your WiFi with anyone, not even your neighbors. If you frequently have guests, set up a guest network. Before you buy something, do your research on it. Read other users’ reviews and understand what you are going in for. It is always better to go for reputed brands like Amazon, Apple, or Google.
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