Securing Your Smart Home Devices: Tips to Stay Safe and Smart

Smart living has transformed our daily routines with a multitude of connected devices throughout our homes. Embracing this convenience, we must remain vigilant about securing your smart home devices from potential risks.

Believe it or not, even something as simple as a connected light bulb could be vulnerable to hackers if improperly secured.

Many of these devices come with default passwords, which attackers can exploit.

Some might even have hidden backdoors in their firmware – allowing unauthorized access to your other devices like computers, smartphones, and more.

Adding authentication methods to your home network, like two-factor authentication or passkey access, is a very strong way to bulk up your security where possible.

Unknown or untrusted smart devices like those from generic brands can be major security risks due to their lack of proper security. So only connect devices you can trust fully.

Placing smart devices on their own VLAN can increase security and help you manage access on a case-by-case basis. It also allows cross-network access only to those devices that really need it.

When left unprotected, these devices become risks for physical attacks on your home by burglars, gateways for data theft, and even become remotely controlled devices working as part of a botnet.

Thankfully, there are steps you can take to securing your smart home devices

  • The easiest is ensuring your home network has a strong and personalized password that can deter potential intruders.
  • Keeping your smart devices up-to-date with the latest firmware is also essential. Updates often include important security fixes.

If you want a comprehensive solution, consider using Trend Micro Device Security Ultimate.

It provides a strong defence against network attacks and protects all your smart devices, including smartphones and security cameras.

The software blocks malicious websites, scans your network for vulnerabilities, and prevents access from unknown devices.

Device Security Ultimate is also feature-packed to protect PC, Mac and mobile devices too!

Remember, your online safety is crucial, so take the necessary steps to protect yourself and securing your smart home devices.

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