Your security system is protecting you and your loved ones. But who is protecting your security system?
More and more homeowners are opting for smart technology when it comes to their security system. They want to always know what’s happening at home, while in the office or far away on vacation.
So, like many homeowners, you decide to have your home outfitted with an interactive security system that can be monitored and controlled via the internet through your smart phone or tablet. Perfect. Now you’r all set up. You receive real-time alert notifications. Your possessions and your family are protected. You can rest easy, right?
Wrong. With your home protected with the latest alarm technology, you certainly reduced your risk of a break-in. However, since remote access requires a link to the internet, there are steps you need to take against potential hackers getting into your network.
In her Web article “How to Secure Your (Easily Hackable) Smart Home,” Tom’s Guide staff writer Fahmida Y. Rashid offers the following tips on how to protect “your home network and the gadgets connected to it”:
- Secure the wireless network – Make sure the home wireless network is protected by the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol and a strong, complex password.
- Give your wi-fi network an obscure name, or SSID, that doesn’t give attackers personal information they can use in social-engineering attempts. For instance, don’t call it “[Your Name] House.”
- Disable guest network access entirely, and be strict about who – or what can get on the network.
- Create two different wi-wi networks if your router can handle multiple SSIDs.
- Good password management is essential. Change each admin password to something suitably strong and complex, and regularly change them going forward. When possible, usernames should also be changed.
- Firewall the network, either with a stand-alone appliance of software that ships with the router, to restrict incoming connections.
Security goes beyond just a technically advanced system. It’s about the way we think. To protect yourself from potential risks that digital theft presents, you have to outsmart intruders as well as hackers. Start by getting security for your security system.
If you don’t have a security system, if your security system is not monitored, or if you are unhappy with your current security provider, call me for a free, no-obligation consultation. You’ll be glad you did!
Ulli Robson, Security Specialist, 780-288-2986