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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

How to Avoid Having your Smart Home Devices Hacked

How to Avoid Having your Smart Home Devices Hacked

By ALLY MAROTTI  CHICAGO TRIBUNE 

FEB 08, 2019 

  

There are several steps homeowners can take to help protect their smart home devices from hackers. Here’s some advice from security experts:

• Always change the default password, which is the factory-issued password that allows a device to be accessed for initial setup. 

• Choose a complicated password, like a string of unrelated words or numbers. Do not use information like birth dates that can easily be found online, and do not use passwords you have used elsewhere.

• Regularly update the software that runs on your devices.

• Monitor the Internet Protocol, or IP, addresses that are accessing your smart home devices. Each computer that accesses a device has a unique numerical label that should appear on the IP log.

• If the IP log is not readily available, contact the company that made the device and ask for it.

• If available, enable two-factor authentication on your device. Two-factor verification usually requires a code delivered through text message in addition to a username and password.

• Make sure your home router is also secured with a strong password and updated software.

 

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