One of the most common questions around smart home security systems is: are they really secure?
And the answer?
But we can understand why people worry. After all, there’s no security device, especially in the Internet of Things, that is 100% secure. And being exposed to news and social media reports on cyberattacks can compound the fear factor.
Creators of smart home technology are constantly developing new ways to make their smart home security devices more secure. At the end of the day, the chances of someone breaking through your smart security system are extremely slim.
But there are still some things that will make your smart home more secure.
In this article, we will discuss:
- What common security vulnerabilities exist with smart home security systems.
- The biggest ways to protect your home against security threats.
- The best practices for maintaining a smart home security system.
Let’s now learn about the most common security threats that we see in smart homes—with very simple and effective security solutions.
Common security vulnerabilities with smart homes
As we mentioned, security vulnerabilities exist. Knowing the most common vulnerabilities can help you better protect yourself against them.
Here are a few of the biggest vulnerabilities in smart home security gadgets and how to protect yourself:
- Weak or default passwords. Your password is the first layer of defense against malware attacks. Always update your password to one that is unique and strong—default passwords just won’t cut it. Also, consider using an additional authentication method.
- Outdated firmware and software. When you fail to update firmware and software on your security devices, holes can develop in your security. To get the most out of your IoT security, check regularly for updates and set up automatic security updates whenever possible.
- Unsecured cloud storage and communication. When you fail to assign a password to your cloud storage and communication, it can give hackers access to your stored security video and personal data.
- Physically unsecure devices. The more people that can physically access your devices, the less secure your smart home is. So make sure that all of your devices, including your router and Wi-Fi networks, are secure. This is a relatively simple solution, but it can have a profound effect on your security.