Secure your Smart Home & IoT Devices in 2020

Welcome to 2020 where we all are up to some of the other resolutions. The new year brings new amendments and new plans so if you too are into making new decisions then we have got some serious one for you. 

 Set your 2020 Resolution with Security 

IoT, you must have heard about it. It is the Internet of Things. As simple and interesting it sounds, it is equally dangerous and can be vulnerable for you and your loved ones. Did you follow the recent attack by cyber criminals who hijacked baby monitors and then spied them via webcam? It is disheartening and equally threatening to see how unsafe we are keeping our family members and ourselves in this world and even in our homes. Despite using expensive and quality webcams, TV’s, speakers, wearables, smart applications and many more. 

So, this time we are going to work on our security habits. We are going to see how we can keep our IoT safe and secure. What all is required to follow the process and what steps can we take to stop cyber criminals looking at us. 

Have a look at the points below to know about 7 efficient steps to keep your smart home safe with the Internet of Things (IoT): 

1. A Name is the first step 

It is quite easy for the hacker to access your router installed at your home. Check if it has the same old name as provided by the manufacturer. It may help cyber criminals to know the model and everything about your device.

You need to change the name of the router as early as it gets installed and does not use the common things like the street address, location or a nearby point. Keep it different & unique. 

2. Digital Encryption is Vital 

If you are using a strong encryption method, then there are chances that you are on the right track to protect your devices. If you haven’t done it yet so go and do it right now because next time when hackers think of using your devices, they get baffled! 

3. Strong, unique Wi-Fi Password & access 

Thanks to Wi-Fi that our lives have caught speedy access to everything in the world and at the same time made things easy for hackers as well. We all may not be that advanced to follow expert security techniques but if you just work on your Wi-Fi password and accessibility then it may not become a problem at all. 

Keep it complex, use symbols, letters and numbers in a single password. Try to make it apart from common. Avoid using simple passwords. Keep them difficult. 

Another great thing to follow here is when you have your IoT devices connected to a Wi-fi router do not let your friends and family access the same router. There are high chances that things get messy and private information can also get leaked. 

Keep a different router for that use and make lines in between both the router access. 

4. Monitor your Data & Check for Software Updates

There are times when a normal update in your system can help you save a lot. You don’t need to spend a lot in updating your home devices, if you are short at expenses do not panic rather go for a simple update. Go for an automatic software update. It is so helpful that it fixes the bug and also caters to other problems as well. 

And if we are talking about monitoring the data of your smart home devices then be careful your IoT devices do not know about data consumption. So, keep a smart tech back up it will solve a lot of queries regarding it. 

5. The two-step secret 

There is an essential task that you need to remember and that is the two-factor authentication for your smart home devices. It is nothing but a one-time code sent to your mobile phones. You get a chance to know about the update if there are predictable chances of vulnerability with your devices. 

Two-factor authentication is helpful and keep the manual bugs away from you and keep you safe and abreast. 

6. Features you don’t need

Don’t shy away from your home devices. Alexa and Google Nest are amazing and help us a lot but at the same time, they can be the troublemakers if you don’t give them proper attention. They are smart and tech-up, but they are not always right. There are chances that if you don’t undo things or delete the features that you don’t need in them, it may cause damage to your privacy and information. 

Take care of the voice control features and try to access them via the app or through remote control. You have to play smart while working with these IoT devices at home or even at your workplace. 

7. Keep a Track of Smart Home devices usage 

Divide your smart home devices into various categories, add a limit to their usage. Use workplace smart devices the most try to cut down the requirement of fun smart devices and balance energy & expenses together.

Make sure you know when you need a particular device and when don’t. Strike a balance & do not let unused devices open. Switch to different platforms as per convenience. 

What Next? 

Once you are done reading them. Give yourself a little break, look around your home and see what all the devices you are using right now. Make a point to read about them, learn things that you haven’t seen or experienced. Write down all the problems you have faced to date with them and then try if these points are helpful enough for your queries. 

It is extremely important to view it and analyze it accordingly. These devices need to have a balance. Just like you service your car, they too need a regular check. 

We hope with this, your new year resolution is clear, and you will work on it. Because after all the safety of you and your family matters the most. 

Keep up with Tech Updates & be smart when you use these Smart IoT devices.