Don’t Forget These Security Features In Your New Smart Devices
By now you probably read last week’s story about the former ADT employee who tapped into home security cameras and watched private moments nearly 10,000 times over a five-year period. He was able to do this because he quietly added his email address to the customer’s ADT account for remote access.
This is not the first time this has occurred. Employees of Amazon-owned Ring were fired for privacy beach earlier and also unauthorized users tap into Nest cameras in the past because the account holder’s password was stolen, enabling outsiders to see inside a person’s home. These incidents make consumers less sure of equipping their homes with connected devices since our homes are our most private spaces where we should be able to feel free and safe. To keep your home safe, always enable the two-factor authentication and only buy products that support it. App notifications are very important to be up to date on any account changes. This way you will immediately know if someone other than you has changed anything.
It is also a good idea to have visual indicators on cameras, such as a small LED. With smart speakers and smart displays, an indication that audio or video is being recorded would also be good. Most security cameras offer end-to-end encryption making it quite safe to use. If your device is sending data to the cloud, you want to make double sure that it is encrypted. Lastly, buy only the smart devices you require so that you don’t clutter up your home with many devices as each device increases the risk.
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