3 Important Steps To Protect Your Privacy
Most people these days will invest in the latest gadgets and gizmos if it means they will aid in their home security. Technology has rapidly advanced over the last decade making home tech not only desirable but very cost effective. New tech devices that come to market these days tend to be aimed at the average family and are very affordable. Smart devices have crossed over into the mainstream and offer us a glimpse into the future when it comes to home automation. However, is this necessarily a good thing?
The internet is a wonderful thing but it has a very sinister side also. Like Big Brother in George Orwell’s 1984 the internet has become this all seeing all hearing entity. It almost feels as if we are getting spied on constantly. Data is stolen and analytics used against us by powerful tech companies.
All this may sound like a dystopian nightmare but there is a lack of trust these days in major tech companies who harvest our data. The new hi tech devices that people are placing in their homes are all bluetooth enabled and connected to the internet. They can communicate with each other making life easier for the homeowner and may help with certain aspects of home security. However, as these new devices, collectively called the ‘internet of things’, require the internet to operate then it makes it easier for criminals to hack into your systems and steal vital information.
The invasion of privacy is also a factor. A lot of smart cameras have been hacked and the footage live-streamed over the internet. This is an extremely worrying trend as there have been instances of families with young children getting spied on, and in some cases the perpetrator even spoke to the child. This is an appalling invasion of privacy and reveals an extreme weakness with these new internet connected home devices.
What Can You Do?
- Do not use the same password for every device. In an ideal word all you’d have to remember is one password for the rest of your life. But, for maximum security create different passwords for different accounts and devices. Don’t include any personal information such as your name or address. Use long nonsense phrases that include symbols and numbers.
- Keep your smart devices up to date. Install the latest software and firmware updates so that your devices are all working efficiently. Failure to download and update the latest updates might make your devices more prone to hacking.
- When you set up your WiFi connection system make sure you have encrypted it. Your wireless network requires encryption as it will prevent anyone from connecting to your devices. Unsecure wifi networks can be used by anyone from your next door neighbour to a dedicated criminal and even the government.