If you had to do a double-take when reading the title of this article, we get it! Because ultimately, a smart home security system should, by default, keep your home safe. Right? Well, in theory, yes! But there is a major problem when it comes to making a smart home security system safe — great hackers can easily break into the system.
Now, we are not anti-smart home systems, nor are we anti smart home security systems! In fact, we are all for making life easier and more convenient! Therefore, we want to provide a few tips that will make your smart home security systems safe (or rather, safer!).
Why are they so easy to hack?
What happens once a hacker is in?
For the sake of this article, we are only going to focus on what can happen once a hacker breaks into your smart home security system!
- Deactivate alarms
- Turn off monitoring devices (or loop videos so you think your home is safe when in fact someone is inside)
- Fly the new Ring drone around your house, surveying your home
- Watch you via your cameras!
- And so much more…
We know, it’s creepy! But don’t worry, there are ways to help prevent this!
How to Make a Smart Home Security System SAFE
There are a few different actions YOU can take to make your system safer:
- Have incredibly unique passwords to all of your accounts… especially your security system’s account!
- NEVER USE THE DEFAULT CODE!
- Set up two (or more) wifi networks for your house. One for you and your family to use, and the other for your guests!
- Only connect the outside security systems to the internet. All indoor security systems should NOT be connected to the internet.
- Create separate wifi access points for all of your security needs!