Make sure your Smart Home is also a Safe Home

The Age of Technology is still growing by leaps and bounds, and more and more houses are becoming “smart homes.” In fact, there may come a time when home appliances, security systems and other home features are smart by default. And any time you have something in your home connected to the internet, you want to be certain that you’re practicing smart security habits. Below is a list of safety factors to consider not only for yourself but also for when you’re looking for the right smart home provider.

Secure network: Most smart devices need to be connected, so be sure your Wi-Fi network has strong encryption in place. You also want to disable guest logins on the router. If you have an older router, you might want to consider upgrading. Modern routers will have more modern security tools. It’s also a good idea to create two separate networks: one for general internet use and one for your smart home devices. Although, to make this effective, give both of them obscure names.

Keep up to date: It’s also important to update everything regularly, whether it is your firmware on your router or on your smart appliance. Schedule regular updates, or where possible, consider enabling automatic updating.

Firewall: If you create a sophisticated home, you should have a sophisticated firewall to protect it. Although most routers already have decent firewalls, you might consider installing a separate device or computer that runs its own open source firewall operating system. You might also want to use a unified threat management (UTM) appliance.

Remote management: If you are not using remote Internet management for a device, then disable it. The fewer remote access points you have, the better. But if you do frequently use remote management for any of your devices, then be sure you have a secure connection to them. Use encryption with all connection. Additionally, consider using a virtual private network (VPN).

Passwords: When it comes to the internet, weak passwords are still one of the top causes of security breaches. Each one of your devices that connects to the network needs to have some type of authentication. Be sure to follow basic strong password practices. This means using mixed letters and numbers, a variety of upper and lower case letters, and non-dictionary words.

Not only are these wise safety habits for you as a home owner, but it’s a good idea to use these as discussion points when talking to your smart home installer. Smart homes can open up a whole new world of convenience in our hectic lives, so be sure to do proper due diligence to feel confident that it is done correctly.

If you want to discuss smart home security further or are thinking of incorporating this new technology into your home, please visit us at or give us a call at (858) 554-0404.