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Will hackers use your appliances against you? Probably not, but there are still valid reasons to address the privacy and security of your smart home. Start here.

Here are a few steps you can take to make your smart home more secure:

  1. Change default passwords: Many smart devices come with default passwords that are easy for hackers to guess. Change the default passwords to strong, unique passwords for all your smart devices.
  2. Use two-factor authentication: Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your smart devices by requiring a second form of verification, such as a fingerprint or a code sent to your phone, before you can access them.
  3. Keep your smart devices updated: Manufacturers often release updates for their devices to fix security vulnerabilities. Make sure to keep all of your smart devices updated to ensure they are as secure as possible.
  4. Use a secure network: Use a secure wireless network for your smart devices, such as one protected by WPA2 encryption, and avoid using public Wi-Fi networks.
  5. Monitor your network: Use a network monitoring tool to keep an eye on your network and detect any suspicious activity.
  6. Use a strong router password: Your router is the gatekeeper to your home network. Make sure it is protected by a strong password and change the default one as soon as you set it up.
  7. Segment your network: Segmenting your network can help to prevent a hacker from gaining access to all of your smart devices if they are able to compromise one.
  8. Use Smart Home hub with security features: Smart Home hubs like Samsung SmartThings or Amazon Echo Plus have built-in security features such as intrusion detection, firewall, and encryption which can add more security to your smart home.
  9. Be careful with third-party devices: Be cautious when connecting third-party devices to your smart home network, as they may not have the same level of security as devices from major manufacturers.
  10. Be aware of your surroundings: Be aware of your surroundings and protect your device from physical theft.

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