Hacking a home automation system is more common that we would like to think—and the results of a hack can severely affect your privacy and safety in the home. That’s why keeping your systems safe is an essential part of owning home automation products.
If you’re a tech-savvy homeowner, you’re probably already familiar with the growing number of home automation products on the market today. From security cameras and automatic door locks to lighting systems and your home’s hvac unit, there is a gadget for virtually everyone’s needs. However, safety is one of the most overlooked aspects of home automation—and a shockingly high number of consumers take few or no measures to protect, encrypt, or secure their smart devices.
Hacking a home automation system is more common that we would like to think—and the results of a hack can severely affect your privacy and safety in the home. That’s why keeping your systems safe is an essential part of owning home automation products. Here are some of our tips to help you secure your home automation system and avoid system hacks.
Think carefully about your passwords
While most of us already know that a weak password can leave our devices vulnerable to hackers, it can be easy to overlook home automation products and programs. Taking steps to create secure passwords can drastically reduce any hacking risks, so we recommend following these safety measures when choosing a password for your smart gadgets:
- Follow password recommendations by using both upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters
- Always change programs’ default passwords to something you and only you will remember
- Select different passwords for your various accounts and devices—keep a coded list somewhere safe to help you remind yourself
- Change your passwords at least every six months
These rules apply both to your wireless Internet routers, as well as to any programs you use to access home automation devices and products.