• 13. April 2020

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A Meaningful Smart Home has the potential of improving our health while decreasing the environmental footprint. However, when not approached correctly, connecting smart devices to the internet can make us and our house an easy target for hackers.

Hereafter we present you with the essential measures to adopt to keep your privacy and cybersecurity protected.

  • Use unique passwords.

    In the physical world, we are used to having one key for each door that we need to open. We invite you to follow the same habit in the digital world. 

    Use different passwords for each service, shopping website, social platform, network and obviously, a smart home device that you use in your Sinnvolles Smart Home. Otherwise, a breach on any of these areas can provide automatic access to the rest. 

  • Protect your network.

    If you have not still done it, change the default password of your Wi-Fi router immediately. These default passwords can be found on the internet and not replacing them means exposing all your devices to hackers. 

    Additionally, it is recommended to create a separate Wi-Fi network just for the smart devices so that in case someone makes it into the network, your most sensitive information remains unaffected. 

  • Update software when possible.

    Wenn Software-Updates verfügbar sind, warten Sie nicht und gehen Sie sie durch. Software-Updates enthalten normalerweise Patches für Sicherheitslücken und Funktionen, um die Benutzererfahrung zu verbessern. Wenn das von Ihnen übernommene Gerät über eine automatische Aktualisierungsmöglichkeit verfügt, müssen Sie es aktivieren. 

  • Use multi-factor authentication.

    When adopting new devices, go through their settings and security and privacy policies. It may exist the possibility to enable multi-factor authentication. In this way, the next time that someone tries to access the app by using the typical username and password, an additional authentication will be required. You will receive a notification with verification code or the person trying to access will need to scan his fingerprint. 

  • Use trusted brands.

    Verlassen Sie sich auf Hersteller und Marken, die auf dem Markt bekannt sind. Sie haben einen guten Ruf sowie die Ressourcen und Fähigkeiten, um Ihre Datenschutz- und Sicherheitsanforderungen zu erfüllen, indem sie Transparenz und im Idealfall eine durchgängige Verschlüsselung bieten. Sie sind dann die einzige Person, die Zugriff auf Ihre Daten und Informationen hat. 

  • Prevent after-use breaches.

    In the case of owning a product that is no longer supported by the brand, and to prevent unpatched security vulnerabilities, you may want to contact the customer service or to recycle the product directly. 

    On the other side, before getting rid of a device, either for recycling or reselling, reset it and make sure that all your information has been deleted. 

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