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Tip for Increasing Your Smarthome Security

Feb 5, 2020 8:00:00 AM

As technology integrates into our homes, security risks also increase. Physical intruders aren’t the only unwelcome patrons anymore. In the digital age, technology opens more ways into your home beyond your front door. Now that property owners have to protect more than just their physical property, we’ve gathered the best tips on how to beef up the digital security of your smart home.

Network Security

Network security does not only apply to businesses anymore. You might not realize it, but as you add more and more technology to your home, you are building the size of your at home network. Sharing information from your phone to your house increases your network, and the risk of your home or business network becoming breached. Let’s discuss some ways to increase the security of your network.

VPN

Using a VPN is not the end-all-be-all of home network protection, but it helps confuse hackers by encrypting your web traffic and disguising where all signals received and sent to IoT devices are coming from. This makes it difficult for hackers to breakdown the communications in your home or business network.

SSID Broadcast

For home routers, disabling the SSID broadcast is one of the easiest and most simple ways to add a layer of protection to your home network. The Service Set Identifier (SSID) broadcasts the WiFi name and makes it discoverable. By disabling the SSID, reduces the risk of having your network exposed to hackers.

Password Managers

It is never a good idea to have the same password for more than one device in any part of your network at home or at your business. If you have multiple connected devices to your network, and your password gets hacked, the end result could be devastating for your home security or business. If the one password gets hacked, that compromises your whole network. That’s an area where password managers can be useful. A password manager can be used to generate unique passwords for all of your devices at your home or business. It will also prompt a user when a password gets older than six months and advise them to change the password.

Two-factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication is a great way to deter hackers from breaking into your network. This requires two layers of protection. How it works: You log into your email. After you type a password, your phone is prompted with a text or call providing an additional pin number. You will need to input that pin number in your phone or email in order to fully gain access to your email.

If a hacker has somehow stolen your password, they won’t get very far because they won’t have your phone. As you can see, two-factor authentication is a great layer of protection to add to any IoT device.

For those who want to add a great layer of protection to their home or business should visit AvantGuard. We offer many different alarm monitoring services and can be the final step in making sure your home or business is completely protected.

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