Christmas 2018 saw a significant rise in the purchase of electronic items in the home that can be controlled via Wi-Fi, including security systems and cameras, dimmable light bulbs, and children’s’ smart toys. (There is even a fridge that tells you when to buy food.) Many of us have a smart TV or smart speakers linked to the internet, allowing you to order online with a simple voice command.
However, there are risks connected with your devices transmitting data because of users’ limited knowledge about securing them, or because of poor security on the part of the manufacturer.
Here are some tips for keeping your connected home secure:
- Ensure that your Wi-Fi is secure. Never use Wi-Fi hotspots to connect to your home devices.
- For devices that require a password (as well as your Wi-Fi password) to connect, always replace factory-set passwords with your own.
- Never use the same password for more than one connected device.
- Make sure that all your computers and mobile devices are fitted with updated internet security software, and also that access to these devices is protected with a PIN or passcode.
- Install available updates to apps associated with your connected devices immediately.
- Disable remote-management access if you don’t use it.
- Well-known, reputable brands are more likely to have invested in their and your family’s security.
For more information about how to keep you and your family secure, the government website www.getsafeonline.com is a great place to start.