Friday, June 14, 2024

Securing Your Home’s Real-world and Online Security

As our homes in towns and cities become increasingly connected to one another, through the development of the ‘Internet of Things’ and the growing eco-friendly concept of the ‘Smart Home’, our vulnerability to the outsider also increases.

Not only do we have to be vigilant in securing our home’s literal perimeter, but also from threats that can come from tech-driven ways.

Take a look at the following short guide, showing you some of the ways that you can secure the modern home by using both online methods and physical smart technology.

Protecting your home

With the vast number of smart devices available today, there are a ton of different options available to you in terms of smart-home security.

Gone are the days of having to manually set up elaborate safety precautions, as the devices that connect to the internet in the home are incredibly simple to set up and maintain in comparison to their older counterparts.

Here are some efficient examples that could give you additional peace-of-mind on security in the home:

  • Security Cameras – CCTV cameras and surveillance have been around for a while at this point, but it’s now incredibly simple for the layman to get them set up, and new features make them much more useful. With smart cameras such as the Nest and Hive offerings, devices pair up seamlessly to your Wi-Fi and are controllable directly through an app on your smartphone. Not only does this mean that you don’t have to trawl through old tapes or discs to find footage should you need it, but you can even set them to only record when detecting motion. Some of the more expensive models can even detect people using facial recognition, differentiating the unwanted visitor from those who live there.
  • Smart Doorbell – Another video-centric example, weatherproof and smart doorbells might seem like a bit of an excessive purchase, but they can allow you to stay in touch with your home while not even there. Again, controllable through a smartphone, they will enable you to see who is coming up to your door at any given time, and communicate with postal delivery drivers or visitors if not in.

Keeping in with the trend of the connected home, both of the above examples can also be paired up with popular home appliances such as smart speakers and televisions. Being in control of your home that bit more can really help to increase efficiency.

Protecting your home’s online presence

Internet connectivity is of paramount importance to students living at university, as they handle the majority of their sensitive information/coursework through online portals.

In the growing ‘Internet of Things’, where our devices are increasingly connected to each other, this can come with risks if wanting to keep work as private and secure as possible.

If living in a similar situation, in a connected apartment building, for example, make sure your connection is secured, password-protected, and accessible only by the relevant people.

Property investment companies such as RW Invest, in their modern student accommodation properties, understand the need for competent, secure internet connectivity among tenants in the modern day, and make it a guaranteed amenity.

Another thing that you need to take into consideration is the number of interconnected devices that you have in the home, and how they link up to the internet and share your data.

The conspiracy theorists among us often speak about how our smart devices and mobile phones are always recording our voices, and watching us in a Big Brother-esque, Orwellian manner, and while they aren’t necessarily wrong, there are security measures in place to ensure that your data is as secure with these devices as it can be.

That being said, it is still important, particularly if living in shared accommodation, to do what you can.

Make sure that not anyone can connect to your devices, and set passwords on everything you can. Menial steps, but important ones.


Latest articles

SolarWinds Serv-U Vulnerability Let Attackers Access sensitive files

SolarWinds released a security advisory for addressing a Directory Traversal vulnerability which allows a...

Smishing Triad Hackers Attacking Online Banking, E-Commerce AND Payment Systems Customers

Hackers often attack online banking platforms, e-commerce portals, and payment systems for illicit purposes.Resecurity...

Threat Actor Claiming Leak Of 5 Million Ecuador’s Citizen Database

A threat actor has claimed responsibility for leaking the personal data of 5 million...

Ascension Hack Caused By an Employee Who Downloaded a Malicious File

Ascension, a leading healthcare provider, has made significant strides in its investigation and recovery...

AWS Announced Malware Detection Tool For S3 Buckets

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of Amazon GuardDuty Malware Protection...

Hackers Exploiting MS Office Editor Vulnerability to Deploy Keylogger

Researchers have identified a sophisticated cyberattack orchestrated by the notorious Kimsuky threat group.The...

0-day Vulnerability In 10,000 Web Apps Exploited Using XSS Payloads

A significant vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2024-37629, has been discovered in SummerNote 0.8.18. It allows...

Free Webinar

API Vulnerability Scanning

71% of the internet traffic comes from APIs so APIs have become soft targets for hackers.Securing APIs is a simple workflow provided you find API specific vulnerabilities and protect them.In the upcoming webinar, join Vivek Gopalan, VP of Products at Indusface as he takes you through the fundamentals of API vulnerability scanning..
Key takeaways include:

  • Scan API endpoints for OWASP API Top 10 vulnerabilities
  • Perform API penetration testing for business logic vulnerabilities
  • Prioritize the most critical vulnerabilities with AcuRisQ
  • Workflow automation for this entire process

Related Articles