1. Smart home protection: retrofitting housing with advanced technology
2. Smart home security: IP cameras and electromechanical locks
3. Smart home protection: do-it-yourself alarm installation
Although houses and apartments are still being opened, the percentage of unsuccessful attempts has been steadily increasing over the past 15 years: according to the Russian Prosecutor’s Office, the number of burglaries in 2016 decreased by 14.5% compared to 2015, and the trend is growing.
In the context of the economic crisis, when the population has become noticeably poorer, this is even surprising. As it turned out, everything is explained by the improvement of protection measures. Thieves prefer to work where they can get into the premises quickly and easily, otherwise they move on to the next object.
Equipping homes with smart technology
Retrofitting mechanical security devices (such as windows and doors) with burglary protection is expensive and not easy to do in rental apartments. The situation is different with electronic solutions.
Thanks to sufficient progress in the field of smart home technology, so-called security detectors can be easily installed in various residential areas. Residents of rented premises do not need the consent of the landlord to install most of these elements, and when the premises are vacated after the end of the lease, you can simply take the devices and modules with you to install them in a new place of residence.
These smart home security devices can’t always compete with specialized certified alarm systems that are installed by experts, but they are cheaper. If you wish, you can start small and expand the system over time – and not only with protective equipment, but also with devices that increase the comfort of living and contribute to energy saving.
We protect the smart home
Optimum functioning of your smart home systems is only guaranteed if you have access to the Internet. At the same time, this is also the weakest point of these systems. Attackers can track network devices through the World Wide Web and use vulnerabilities to gain control over them, and in the worst case, over the entire network. So it is worth paying attention to some aspects and, if necessary, making changes.
The main rule here is to set strong passwords. By default, a device that needs to connect to the Internet is set to a simple password, and you must change it, even if it is personal.
Hackers are constantly scanning the global network for such vulnerable access. Experts recommend using passwords that are at least eight characters long, consisting of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters, and changing it every 90 days. If possible, you should also set your own username instead of the traditional “admin” login.
Another important aspect is firmware updates, which not only provide new features, but also fix existing firmware vulnerabilities. If possible, you should enable the device’s automatic update feature. Or you need to regularly monitor the appearance of updates on the manufacturer’s website and install them yourself.
Smart Home devices – secure networking
If your router, like many modern models, has the ability to organize guest access, you can use it for smart home components. It is separate from the rest of the network and only provides Internet access. In this way, you will prevent the possibility of hacking the entire network through a single device.
Many routers provide guest access via a LAN cable. If possible, use this option to connect. Although Wi-Fi is more convenient, a skilled hacker knows how to break into a network. And then all your efforts will be in vain.