You no longer have to be a technical wizard to monitor or control your lighting, heating or security alarms from a home automation app.
You can use your smart TV or audio system for interactive entertainment
and communication. Keep an eye on your sleeping children from your
smartphone. Some refrigerators even enable you to manage food
monitoring and ordering.
An increasing number of your children’s toys can be connected to your Wi-Fi too. And voice-controlled digital assistants have become very popular.
The connected home is a very convenient and cool place to live, but it can
have drawbacks when it comes to you and your family’s security.
Like your computer, smartphone or tablet, every device that’s connected to your Wi-Fi is also transmitting data which could be of interest to criminals.
Having your burglar alarms, cameras, door locks and security lighting
disabled, malware installed on your network are all possibilities. It has also
been known for babysitting cameras and kids’ smart toys to be hacked,
via their accompanying apps and your Wi-Fi.
Also of concern is that the data could be used by companies to exploit your
connected home devices to target you in their marketing campaigns.
If you already know about how careful use of passwords and updating software can protect you on your computer and mobile devices, you’re half way to protecting your connected home too.
A few simple steps to protect your connected home
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