More and more manufacturers are creating smart products. Of lamps to voerbakken and refrigerators: you turns your house in a jiffy in a smart home. But how do you make sure that everything is secure? Android Planet provides you seven tips.
So get your smart home safe
More and more electronic devices have also become a smart variant in stores. Now also the Google Home available in the Netherlands, the possibilities for a smart home are endless. Through such a clever speaker or simply your smartphone, you can operate easy for you to house. Well-known examples are the Philips Hue lights, or the smart thermostat from Nest.
But what do you think of smart door locks, doorbells, refrigerators and security cameras? Just as computers and smartphones, these gadgets place the necessary security against hackers and security breaches. When your smart products in the home, so there are some things you should watch out for.
1. See what you need
Certainly in the case of smart lamps, you’re not ready when you have a set of smart lichtpeertjes purchase. To get them with each other to work together, and they’re easily from your smartphone, hub, or Google Home to operate, you have, for example, a bridge is needed.
Lamps in the socket must stitches are easier ‘clever’ to make it through a smart plug. In the case of Philips you have, for example, a Hue Bridge is required, then all the smart Hue light bulbs can be assigned.
You should therefore carefully consider what you need to make it work the way you want. This is the final price clearly, and you come afterwards will not have any surprises.
2. Check for updates
Not all manufacturers are equally consistent with their update policy. Do advance research to the manufacturer. Each company has from time to time, suffer from security flaws and hacks, but it is mainly the question of whether it can be solved quickly with updates.
For that reason it is probably better to for an a-brand. Companies such as Philips, Logitech and Nest have a reputation to keep. They generally have enough (financial) resources to create strong product protection to be able to provide, and often there is also a warranty and support program.
If you order a cheap device from an unknown Chinese elektronicaboer, then the probability of such security is a lot smaller. There are no clear rules or labels that the security of smart home products. When you regular updates, the chance that your equipment is quickly outdated in addition smaller. Your privacy is precious, so is a bit more to invest not a superfluous luxury.
3. Search for previous reviews and potential problems
The market of internet of things applications will only increase, which means that there is also more and more choice. To compare, it is always nice to check how the experiences of others with products.
Search for reviews and see if there is a lot of recurring problems with the electronics that you want to purchase. Do you have a Google Home or any other smart speaker, search from or the devices that well work and be supported.
4. Change directly the fabriekswachtwoord your smart device
Many smart devices are protected with a password. For clever heads is not difficult to figure out. Sold Action last year, a security camera with the default code of ‘123’. This was hacked by a buyer, then they have a strange voice heard and a moving camera saw.
It is best to use during the install of a product for the security code to change. So forget you not and are you less susceptible to attackers. In particular, Check the security and privacy settings of the products for which you have not done so yet. Finally, can someone also via the automatic kattenvoerbak digital your home to penetrate. Even better is to use a password manager, for example a random code to generate and save.
5. Look critically at where your smart devices in place
Because smart devices well once always hacked, is it advisable to be critical where you place them. So let consumer programme Radar already see that it is trivially easy for people at home to look via IP-cameras.
Smart devices with cameras or microphones integrated into it, you will extra need to protect. You will for sure not someone you can listen in the bedroom, or looking in the baby’s room. Ask yourself, therefore, where such devices or not place.
6. Secure your home network properly
When attackers are one smart device in your house to hack, they will find soon their way to the rest. This will make it easy data buit on how late you get home and leave, passwords and other personal data.
Most devices are only controlled from the home network or bluetooth. Enter smart devices, therefore, only guest access to your wi-fi network. This will prevent a digital intruder also to get going with your phone, laptop or other devices that use wifi.
The attackers even more difficult to make and you devices less easy to find, you can switch via the settings of your router Universal Plug and Play (uPNP). When that is enabled, a hacker can easier from the outside, run commands on your devices.
7. Monitor your devices
A fine solution to your smart home to monitor for errors, updates and other useful info is the free PRTG Network Monitor. This gives you a clear overview of all your devices, and if everything still works as it should. The monitor works with devices of all manufacturers. That saves a number of apps on your phone for everything apart to check.
Maandthema Smart Home
The entire month of november, you can read on Android Planet more about smart homes. On the basis of background stories, interviews and tips will give you a better look into the world of smart devices with the Google Home activities. As you read about privacy, what the best gadgets are, and what you all can.
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