Myth: Smart Homes are not secure.
Smart Home systems are not inherently insecure; however, there are some security risks that you need to keep in mind before setting up a smart home. The most common security risks are:
Data Breaches: Smart Home devices can collect a lot of data about the user, such as location, voice recordings and energy usage. This information can be valuable to hackers, so it's imperative to make your devices as secure as possible.
Hacking: Most Smart Home devices connect to the internet, which makes them vulnerable to being hacked. Hackers can gain access to your devices to control them, so an excellent way to prevent this is to regularly update your devices and enable multi-factor authentication if the device allows it.
Malware: Malware is various malicious programmes designed to steal personal information and cause harm to servers and computer networks and physically damage your Smart Home devices. Cybercriminals use malware to obtain personal information such as credit cards and passwords for their financial gain; they can also take control of your Smart Home system, such as lights, locks, opening doors and causing devices to overheat.
Physical Security: Some Smart Home devices sometimes lack basic security features such as motion sensors, security cameras, weak door locks and poor lighting, making your home an easy target for criminals. Before investing in a Smart Home system, we recommend researching each product, ensuring your devices offer the best protection, regularly changing passwords, and installing features such as solid door locks and cameras around your home.