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3 Ways to Keep Hackers Out of Your Smart Home Network

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3 Ways to Keep Hackers Out of Your Smart Home Network

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More and more homes are going ‘smart’ by connecting myriad devices and systems to the Internet. Convenience is the attraction. Everybody wants to link their lighting system, computers, heating/ventilation/cooling, TVs, and so on, and to control everything with a simple voice command or a touch of a button. Problem is, your networks can be easily hacked. Here are some tips to keep the hackers outside.

  1. Do Your Homework Before You Buy an Internet-connected Home Device

In general it is wise to buy a product from a well-established company as you will have a good chance the product is engineered with security in mind, and will come with software updates.

Consider Amazon Echo, a smart speaker, which automatically downloads updates. Data from the Echo is uploaded to Amazon’s servers only after a user says the word Alexa, which is the name of the voice service that powers Echo. This virtually eliminates the likelihood that the device will record conversations unrelated to requests intended for Alexa.

Some brands share your information, without you knowing a thing about it. Smart TV maker Vizio was recently fined $2.2 million by the Federal Trade Commission for surreptitiously collecting details on viewers’ watching habits.

  1. Strengthen Your Wi-Fi Security

Turn on built-in firewalls on your router

Many of today’s wireless routers have built-in firewalls, so make sure you’ve got yours turned on. This option should always be enabled to stop malicious traffic from entering your network. If you’re using VIPRE Internet Security or VIPRE Internet Security Pro, you’ve got a two-way firewall built into your antivirus solution. If you’re not using antivirus – or just want to know how to enable your built-in firewall – these steps should help.

Change the Default Service Set Identifier (SSID) on your router.

Manufacturers normally ship their routers with the same SSID set, which is the primary name associated with a wireless network.

For example, the SSID for Linksys’ devices is normally “linksys.” Knowing the SSID does not by itself allow others to break into your network, but it does make it easier. Be sure to change the SSID name from the default for an added layer of protection.

Here are Linksys’ steps for changing the name of your wireless network. If you have a different brand, these steps should help.

Here are more tips for strengthening your network’s security

  1. Set Long and Strong Passwords

Change your passwords regularly, and don’t share them with anyone. Do not include your name, your kids’ or pets’ names, or other well-known information about yourself in your passwords.

Avoid using common words. Instead, break up words with numbers and punctuation marks or symbols. For example, @ can replace the letter “A” and an exclamation point (!) can replace the letters “I” and “L.” Always use a combination of upper- and lower- case letters. 

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This is a good one! NH On 7 I was wireless while now with 10 I am hardwired. The only thing now that even catches any Wi Fi would be one of the smart phones I have here and even one of those was never activated and still gets notifications in from one of the social networks along others things at times.

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