27 Oct

Could Your Smart Home Devices Be Unsecure and Easily Hacked?

Are you among the numerous people that like having access to the latest smart home devices? If so, you could be leaving your smartphone, tablet, and computer all at risk of hacking. Many types of smart home devices are built with convenience in mind but not necessarily security.

From smart refrigerators to televisions and voice activated assistants, there are many devices you could have around your home that are not secure. Many of these devices are “always on” and “always connected” to the internet over your home wireless network.

Smart Home Devices Be Unsecure

Even if you have taken the time to password protect and secure your wireless router, it does not mean a hacker could bypass this entirely by accessing connected smart home devices. Research has been conducted on voice activated assistants where signals could be transmitted to an unsecure device using “white noise.”

These signals could get the assistants to turn lights on or off, unlock doors, open garage doors, or even go on a spending spree without the owners knowing it. How this can be done is because most people do not take the time to configure their smart home devices after they connect them to their home network.

They just assume the manufacturer has taken into account security and once connected to a secure home network there is nothing else they need to do.Yet this is not the case. Plug-and-play smart home devices come out of the box with standardized security settings and passwords.

Sadly, these are the same for every owner who purchases the same smart home devices. The only way to protect yourself is by taking the time to reconfigure the “out-of-the-box” default settings.

Another issue with smart home devices are when they can also be used as wireless hotspots to connect to your home network. For example, most brands of wireless printers also have this feature.

By default it is not a secure wireless connection. As such, anyone within range could connect to the printer and then gain access to your entire home network and all of your connected smart home devices.

Furthermore, many of the newer smart home devices are not capable of supporting antivirus and anti-malware software. It would be easy for a hacker to upload a virus or malware to the device and use it to send it to all connected devices on your network.

Aside from taking the time to reconfigure the basic and default security connections for smart home devices, you will want to look at changing an “always on” device to “sometimes on.” This means shutting off access when it is not needed and enabling it when you need the device to get online.

As more and more smart home devices continue to hit the market, you need to make sure you are not leaving the virtual door to your home open all the time. Otherwise, you run the risk of being hacked.

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