Alexa, change your name

Alexa, change your name

How to be More Secure in your Smart Home

Smart home devices are all the rage. Raise your hand if you bought or received one (or more) this past holiday season.

From virtual voice assistants to thermostats to keyless door locks, life at home is getting easier, but is it more secure, or less secure?It depends, in part, on how secure your home Wi-Fi system is.

Here are some TIPS on how to help ensure your privacy while enjoying those devices.

1) Consider changing your virtual voice assistant’s name so strangers can’t control her.

2) Install a Smart Home Cybersecurity Hub to protect your internet-connected devices from malware, stolen passwords, identity theft and spying.

3) Read (yes, actually read) the privacy policies for each of your smart devices and call the manufacturers, if necessary, to find out if they use end-to-end encryption, so no third parties can decipher the data being communicated or stored.

Sigh. If only hackers would use their powers for good instead of evil…

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