The newest homes of the modern age contain smart technology in them. These smart houses have appliances and electronic devices inside of them that are all connected to the internet. Because of this, these devices are susceptible to being hacked. It is one thing for a hacker to get into your computer but when they have the ability to control your porch lights and door locks, then it becomes serious. Studies show that hackers have already hacked millions of Americans already. This has deterred a lot of people from wanting to integrate smart technology into their next home.

Fortunately, there is a way to keep your smart home secure just like you would to keep your computer secure. Firstly, always make sure you download the latest security updates for your home smart devices. Since your smartphone will notify you when your smart devices need updates, there is no excuse for not downloading them when you’re prompted to. This includes updates for smart light bulbs, smart refrigerators, smart televisions, and so on. The reason these security updates exist in the first place is to make it harder for hackers to find the vulnerabilities of these devices. If you don’t update them, then it will be easier for hackers to find their vulnerabilities because they’ve had more time to discover them.

Another way to stay secure is to avoid using public Wi-Fi connections with your smartphone when communicating with your home smart devices. Public Wi-Fi can easily be hacked into which means your phone can be hacked into as long as you’re using it. As an alternative to public Wi-Fi, you can use private Wi-Fi connections through one of the wireless hot spots that come with your phone carrier. Verizon Jetpack, for example, is a mobile internet service for Verizon customers that give them secure Wi-Fi connections.

Finally, add a multifactor authentication feature to the password system of your smart devices. This creates additional levels of authentication that you’ll have to use to access your smart devices which go beyond just your password. This may be a one-time security code, a special PIN number, eye scanning, or thumbprints. By implementing these extra security features, hackers will have a much tougher time bypassing them and so they won’t be able to gain access to your smart devices. And, every so often, change the usernames and passwords on your smart devices just to be extra safe.