Smart Homes can be vulnerable to cyber attack

The Internet of Things has is transforming our homes into fully automated entertainment centres, fully heated and making our lives even more digitised. In 2017 there were already 27 billion IoT connected devices out there and research shows this will grow by at least 12% every year, with over 125 billion devices in use by 2030. This advance in technology is designed to make life easier and less stressful, but does this come at a cost? Smart devices, like anything connected to the internet, can be hacked and while it’s not something to dwell on or worry about, it is important to hackproof your smart home.

The Risks of Smart Devices in the Home

The main concern you should have about smart devices in your home is the risk of others outside of your family being able to access your home network. If someone unwanted is able to access your network they can quickly get into your smartphones, computers and other devices within the network. Plenty of sensitive information is stored in your phone, including bank details and passwords, so criminals can very quickly access the information they need.

Some of the most easily accessible smart devices tend to be those with added functionality, such as fridge freezers and doorbell cameras. People very rarely change the password which comes with these devices and they can be easily deciphered and compromised by experience hackers. Once they have network access, they can quickly spread spyware or ransomware to other devices and can even actively minimise your home security by turning cameras off and supressing alarms.

This can sound very worrying and the temptation may be to get rid of all of your devices, but this isn’t the sensible answer. Instead, do all you can to protect your home network.

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