Monday, March 4, 2024

How to Protect Your Smart Home from IoT Threats?

Our world is increasingly becoming digital as we are moving towards a society that is interconnected through a web of internet-enabled devices. We call this network or technology IoT (Internet of Things) which is also understood as ‘smart homes’.

But is this technology safe? Well, just like other technologies, it is safe if you take necessary measures. For instance, many homes and businesses use an IoT security platform to make their network connection more secure. 

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If you are a smart homeowner and want to protect your modern abode from emerging threats, then you are at the right place. The following are some of the things you can do to protect your smart home:

1. Make Your Wi-Fi Network Secure

Most of your smart home devices are connected to the Wi-Fi network. So, it is important that the network is highly secure. For that, you can take different measures, starting with the purchase of a good-quality router from a reputed brand. You should also pick a strong password for the Wi-Fi network so that no one can crack it easily. Even the name of the connection itself should be devoid of any personal details like your name or location. In fact, do not even use the default name that the router has, as it can be used by a hacker to guess your router model.

If your router allows you to set up multiple networks, then you can create two networks – one for your own devices, and another for guests and friends. This kind of segregation is a good security measure and a good way to hack-proof your Wi-Fi at home

2. Shut Down Unused Devices

A common mistake that smart homeowners make is forgetting about active but unused IoT devices. You may yourself review the status of your smart home’s devices that are connected to the Wi-Fi network and find that maybe one device, such as a security camera is not really used by you anymore. Not only this device is consuming power for no reason, but it is also raising a security risk.

When there are unused but active smart home devices, then they can become an easy target for hackers. So, make sure that you unplug these devices immediately to mitigate security threats. 

3. Use Dedicated IoT Security Devices

Smart home devices are becoming more and more popular which is why a need for IoT security has emerged on the surface. To fulfill this need, many cybersecurity companies have started offering security devices that are specifically designed for smart home security. You can use any of these smart home network security devices that connect directly to your home’s Internet network and protect your devices from threats like malware, identity theft, etc. Many of these devices also come with features like VPN that add an additional layer of security. 

4. Update The Firmware of Your Devices Regularly

Almost all your smart home devices run on firmware which is the main software that powers the hardware. Updating this software is important so that you can enjoy new features that the manufacturer has introduced, but also to improve security. It is unfortunate that many manufacturers don’t provide easy solutions to update the firmware. However, you will be able to find if new firmware updates are available and learn how you can apply them by visiting the website of the manufacturer.  

So, there you have it – these were some of the most effective yet simple tips that you can apply to protect your smart home from most threats easily. Always remember – you cannot be too careful. 


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BALAJI is an Ex-Security Researcher (Threat Research Labs) at Comodo Cybersecurity. Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder - Cyber Security News & GBHackers On Security.

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