Safety is a need in every aspect of our lives. Long gone are the days when we left our homes with a huge lock on the door latch and carried the key, believing that our home is safe and secure. Today, we have technologies that are exclusively created for securing our homes from unwanted intruders. Many security devices, through the internet, are paired with our personal gadgets like our phones that help us control safety settings with the touch of a button or a voice command. They also help us by informing updates and keep track of the status at home.
However, hackers are also smart enough to break in (home devices) and steal your personal details and private information. Although these devices are safe, there is still a chance of being plundered. If you want to install a self-controlled security device at home, here are some things to keep in mind while you make your choices.
Do your research
It is important to know about the different brands and their profile when you want to buy their product. In this age of the internet, this is quite an easy task. Skim through all the brands you are considering and run through their history and achievements. Ask a friend who has used any of their products. Choose trusted and well-known brands that have been in the market for a considerable period.
Read updates of the brands to know their latest ways of troubleshooting and dealing with possible insecure scenarios. Also, be skeptical about the brand themselves to make sure that you are not taken for a ride (being duped). Ask them questions and take time to decide to trust them. It is possible that the company themselves can threaten your privacy.
Use your Wi-Fi smartly
By connecting your home devices and personal devices with two different Wi-Fi networks, you can reduce chances of endangering one set of devices from the other, if they were all on the same network. If one network is hacked, the other network, which is protected by another set of passwords, will be difficult to hack into. Some of the home devices can be the amazon Echo, Nest Thermostat and Philips Hue Smart lights. Some of the personal devices can be your smartphone and tablet.
This can be achieved by enabling a guest network apart from the primary network. The guest network will have a different username and password. Many Wi-Fi routers these days offer this option. Here is an example Wi-Fi – TP Link’s Archer C7. You can even disable the network name from being visible if you want to.
Strong Passwords = Strong Security
Strong passwords are a necessity that should not be neglected. Try to create strong passwords with a mixture of random numbers and characters to make it complicated. This might give a hard time to hackers trying to break in. Even if you are not able to remember your passwords, you can write them down and store it in a safe place. Use the help of password-managing apps to help generate strong and better passwords.
Monitor the security devices regularly
This is very important. Keep a constant check on the security devices to keep track of any updates regarding the safety features and the software. Upgrade any updates that you are find listed immediately. In addition, your devices or your internet-connected devices would usually try to grab your attention using blinking lights. Chances are that you might not catch the signal, so it is recommended that you check for updates frequently.
It is a common remedy to put a tape over the webcam to prevent being filmed by a hacker. Similarly, in products like amazon Echo and Google Home, provide a mute button that can switched off the microphone on your device. This may put off the hackers from listening to your conversations and therefore protect your privacy.
These are some of the tips that you can use to get the right kind of security for your home devices. It is quite an opportunity to be able to monitor your privacy with the movement of a finger. So use the best brands and keep yourself updated regularly.