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How to Protect Your Smart Devices from Cyber Intrusion

Lester D'Souza, Auto Tech Outlook | Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The first step in purchasing smart appliances should be to carry out primary market research on various manufacturing brands' safety aspects.

Fremont, CA: Smart home devices have become an inevitable part of our digitally-connected world. While these technologically advanced devices have changed our way of life in many respects, they sometimes come with a fair share of risks. One of the significant challenges facing manufacturers is to take action to protect these gadgets from cyber threats. Here are a few tips to secure your smart devices from malicious cyber intruders.

Choose Your Devices Wisely

The first step in purchasing smart appliances should be to carry out primary market research on various manufacturing brands' safety aspects. It is essential to your devices' safety to thoroughly examine the security and privacy features provided by different brands. It's smarter to have frequent firmware updates for improved efficiency and continuous protection. Ensure that you purchase the product from authorized resellers of the brand for authentic and genuine products.

Secure your Wi-Fi network

Since the Wi-Fi range can extend beyond the four walls of your home, it makes your home network vulnerable to cyber intrusion. But this can be avoided by installing a decent Wi-Fi router and protecting the network with a unique network name and password. Some routers have the option of creating a secondary network that can be used specifically for all smart home gadgets. This will limit the movement and access of the hacker. The "hide network" option also prohibits external users from connecting to the network. Finally, install a VPN on your smart devices to secure your privacy if connected to a public network.

Power of Password

The key to every device is the password that is set for it. Change the default password immediately after the initialization process. Ideally, the passwords should be at least eight characters long and contain both numbers and special characters. Usage of common or easy-to-use passwords with personal information such as name, date of birth, etc., should be avoided. It is advisable to update your passwords regularly, once every six months. Two-factor authentication is another way to protect the devices and data from cyberattacks.

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