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Smart home features are convenient, connected, and just plain cool. But where's the caveat? Surely there's no risk in using these devices, right?

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We are all connected – connected to the worldwide superhighway enabling our devices to sync to the web then access data via our mobile devices, watches, laptops, or other internet devices. With so many access points—such as cameras, smart home and wi-fi enabled z-wave devices—come inherent cyber threats. Most malicious hacks happen to those that say, “It won’t happen to me”.

It Can Happen to You

In fact, it does happen to unsuspecting individuals like yourself.

An expensive example

Recently a man had $2,000 removed from his own bank account and transferred to an outside bank without authorization.

Upon calling the bank it was determined that thieves had placed keylogger software onto his computer. This malicious software was tracking everything he typed, every site he visited, and ultimately enabled hackers to log into his accounts without permission.

Malware exactly like this is used all the time to get into important accounts such as social media, emails, and online banks. 

Improve Your Home’s Network Security

More and more successful attacks are occurring to home users, but there is something that can be done to improve the security of your home network.

Beware preloaded software

Most new computers are pre-loaded with trial software that can contain easy access to websites and vulnerable data that may put your privacy at risk. Ensure to take steps to remove any unwanted software applications or desktop links that could be a potential gateway into your privacy.

Change default passwords

Never, ever use default passwords that are often placed on smart home devices or routers. Also, password managers often solve your unique password issues. Easy to use, this software allows for alphanumeric passwords that are hidden behind encrypted logins, making it simple to secure and manage your plethora of passwords. These smart apps also keep data such notes, addresses, credit/payment cards, and bank account information safe with vault access using biometric or encrypted authentication. Many solutions offer discounted family plans that allows each family member access and authentication to their own individual sites.

Update, update, update

Whether it be IOS, Android, MacOS or Windows, keep your software up-to-date. Software holes, gaps, and threats are risks that can be simply solved by keeping your software updated. This also goes for any smart home device software as well as network and smart home firmware.

Upgrade your router

Router security has improved drastically over the past few years. If you have a wireless router is more than three years old, it’s time to replace it. Also, it’s very important to ensure your network name (SSID) and your password are changed from the original default of Admin or Password. Try to keep the name of your broadcast as anonymous if possible, or better yet, keep it hidden.

It’s Not Impossible

Securing your privacy through smart home devices, along with security systems are a smart way to protect your privacy and your home. By following a few simple tips can go a long way in ensuring that you are not a victim of the next attack.

iDefend has your back

If you need expert assistance, get in touch with one of our iDefend Advisors, or check out a complete list of features we offer for device security.