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How to Protect Your Personal Information on Smart Home Devices

Protect your important information when using smart tech.

smart home deviceToday, we use smartphones and tablets for everything from banking to shopping to sharing photos to watching content. Generally, we know how to keep them pretty secure. However, security might not be the first thing on your mind when it comes to devices like smart lights and thermostats. After all, what hacker wants to control how cool you keep your property? The reality is that smart home technology is a gateway into your private information. To keep your home tech safe, read on.

 

Run your smart home devices from another network. If you use your home’s main Wi-Fi network to run devices like your phone and laptop, be aware that you’re risking a lot of personal information. Running your smart home devices from a guest network prevents a hacker from accessing your main network.

 

Choose a secure username and password. Avoid using any information that can identify you, such as your name, address, or contact information. Create a password that is a mix of upper and lower case letters and symbols. Update your username and password as soon as you get a new device, too.

 

Turn off cameras and microphones when not in use. Many smart TVs, speakers, and other similar devices have cameras and microphones that can record you unknowingly if they are hacked. If you aren’t using the camera and microphone functions on a device, get into the habit of turning them off.

 

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