Smart Home. Sunday , September 02nd , 2018 - 23:54:17 PM
On a budget, one cannot expect impervious defenses from hackers or casual snoops. But you must spend some time thinking about security. Step one is to change any default device passwords. Step two is to limit access to your private files from people who don't need it (should as guests). Step three is to install and maintain antivirus software and firewalls on your server andor other devices in the network. Finally, private information should be securing by encrypting it so only the password holder can open it. Consider encrypting all the secure files on your server such as financial and personal information, digital document scans etc. On the flip side, your smart home can be a security asset, not just a risk. With your network ready, LAN or WIFI enabled cameras can be plugged in around your home and setup to stream video to the server. Finally, physically secure your server. It should be kept somewhere safe from damage and thievery.
A newer perk of smart homes is leveraging your network to control the home - your lights, curtains, heating, kitchen appliances, air conditioning and more. The technology is basically a receiver and actuator - such as a WIFI radio with motors for the curtains, or Bluetooth radio and switches to control your lighting. You can use a phone, tablet or sensor as the input, perhaps even using the Internet to control your home from outside. Previously restricted to the high-end, keep your eye out for devices such trickling down to the budget market.
Many of these vulnerabilities are impossible to fix because they were built right into the device when developers and engineers neglected to think about cybersecurity. That means that without altering the router they use to connect to the internet, they are completely unprotected from hackers.
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