According to Gartner, by 2022, a typical family home could have more than 500 smart devices.
Ninety percent of consumers are motivated to buy smart technology to increase home security. But since many technologies are new, security concerns related to devices abound. Below, we share smart home automation concerns, and a checklist to help homeowners work with their security vendors to overcome them.
Top Home Automation Security Concerns
Home automation systems can provide consumers with easy, fun and more comfortable living, but not all devices are created with security in mind. Some top concerns include:
- IoT-based distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
- Hackers accessing home networks through smart thermostats, televisions and security cameras.
- Device failure if the centralized communication hub breaks or stops working.
- Easy entrance for intruders to access your home via smart locks, smart garages, or windows and doors if smartphones are lost or stolen.
- Compromised security systems, allowing intruders to deactivate systems, or access entry passcodes.
- Eavesdropping on communication systems, such as email, phone calls or video conferencing.
Key Security Measures to Follow
Security is a vital piece to the connected home movement. If you are considering making your home smart, use the following checklist:
- Purchase Z-Wave certified equipment. This ensures devices have passed vigorous testing for quality, reliability and security.
- Never leave factory-setting passwords. These passwords are often easy to find online, which means hackers can gain access to your systems.
- Do not share passwords with unnecessary individuals. Keep password sharing on a need-to-know basis, and don’t write them down.
- Restrict application access on your phone. Be aware of privacy settings and sharing capabilities on apps, such as calendars, email, location and photos.
- Encrypt networks where smart devices are hosted. This will make it difficult for hackers to obtain or “read” data if systems are hacked.
- Stay on top of product updates and system upgrades. If devices are dated and not compatible with updates, it may be time for an upgrade.
- Isolate smart equipment on a separate network. Restrict hackers from gaining access to all your personal information at once if systems are compromised.
- Vet vendor security processes prior to purchasing equipment. Understand how data is stored offsite and in transit, if network operations centers (NOCs) are secured and if data is encrypted.
If you have questions about devices or how to set up equipment properly for maximum security, work with your vendor for help.
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