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Five Tips To Improve Cybersecurity In Your Home

Cybersecurity is often swept under the rug because most of us don't really understand it, but that doesn't make it any less important. Here's HOOD's tips.

Are you concerned about the security devices in your home? With the increasing popularity of Internet of Things (IoT) devices (Google Hubs, Alexa, Ring security cameras, smart fridges, smart light bulbs – anything connected to the internet), cyber threats could become a major concern for homeowners. In this blog, HOOD shares five tips to help you protect your home from cyber threats and enjoy the convenience of smart home technology without worrying about the risks.

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Use Strong And Unique Passwords

One of the simplest and most effective ways to protect your home from cyber threats is to use strong and unique passwords for all of your smart home devices. A strong password should be at least 12 characters long and include a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid using easily guessable information, such as your name or address, in your passwords.

Keep Your Smart Home Devices Updated

Cybersecurity threats are constantly evolving, so it's important to keep your smart home devices updated with the latest security patches and software updates. Make sure to check for updates regularly and install them as soon as they become available. This will help to ensure that your devices are protected against the latest threats. If you can, set your devices to auto-update, that way you’ll know they’re always as protected as possible.

Use A Secure Wi-Fi Network

Another important step in protecting your home from cyber threats is to use a secure Wi-Fi network. Make sure to use a strong and unique password for your Wi-Fi network and to enable WPA2 encryption, which is the strongest form of wireless encryption currently available. Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks, as they are often less secure and can put your devices at risk.

Be Careful What You Connect To Your Home Network

It's important to be careful about what you connect to your home network. Avoid connecting devices that you don't trust or that don't have a good reputation for security. This includes devices such as smart plugs, cameras and other IoT devices, as well as laptops and smartphones that may have been compromised in the past.

Use a Firewall

A firewall is a software or hardware-based security system that is designed to protect your home network from unauthorized access. A firewall can help to block unauthorized access to your home network, as well as protect against malware, viruses, and other types of cyber threats. Make sure to enable a firewall on your router or use a separate firewall device to protect your home network.

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Smart home technology can make our lives more convenient and comfortable, but it also brings new cybersecurity challenges. By following the above tips, you can protect your home from cyber threats and enjoy the benefits of smart home technology without worrying about the risks. Remember that protecting your home from cyber threats is an ongoing process and requires regular monitoring, software updates and security evaluations. Keep your devices updated, use strong and unique passwords, use a secure Wi-Fi network, be careful about what you connect to your home network and use a firewall to protect your home network. By following these best practices, you can help to protect your home and your family from cyber threats.


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