Are Your IoT (Internet-of-Things Enabled) Devices at Home Secured?

by PHILIP MASTERSON January 17, 2016

Can you imagine life without the Internet? It's hard, indeed, now that it pervades many aspects of our lives. How we approach work, entertainment, relationship, and home security will never be the same again. Internet development is not  showing signs of ever slowing down. In fact, some studies estimate that wireless and Internet-enabled devices will go over 40.9 billion by 2020.

When it comes to home security, new technology has proven to be amazing and exciting. We're experiencing the reality of having sustainable and secure homes with devices that we can control with a click of a button. We are making our homes safer and better with security alarms in combination with smartphones, set-top boxes, smart locks, advanced audio-visual systems, and so on. And we are getting used to the idea of adapting to the Internet-of-Things as the way go in securing and sustaining quality modern living.

However, while the Internet-of-Things (IoT) has almost unlimited possibilities, its promise of making life better and more secure carries risks, including privacy and security breach, which can endanger home safety. Add to this is the practical concern brought about by rapid technology advances. Simply put, the multitude of devices can just be overwhelming! We want to maximize and ensure the security of connected home devices, yet it can be too technical and difficult to understand.

Despite these challenges, we cannot go back to ancient times and forgo the opportunity of utilizing home security devices with the Internet. Read on to know more about IoT-enabled smart home security and some tips for updated protection.

Wise Up in Securing and Connecting Your Smart Home

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Experts predict that IoT-enabled home devices will be the standard of the future. From computer chips placed under human skin to alarm systems for your house, our notion of a secure and quality life will continue to evolve. In one survey of 1,606 experts, as much as 85% believed that IoT will have widespread beneficial effects for people in the near future. What's more astounding is that devices are projected to be self-sustaining, which would no longer require human control or even "hubs" like computers.

How, then, should you ensure that your smart home security is in step with this fast-paced development? If you have different devices in your home, what you can do is to check available means to connect them all together. Google's "Thread", a wireless networking protocol to link all your smart devices, is worth exploring. However, it's still best to take developments such as this as continually improving. What's important is you retrofit your smart home to ensure that all the devices you use are in harmony and efficient.

Be Smart and Secure with Your Smartphone

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Modern security systems offer tremendous opportunities for protection and convenience with smartphone integration. It seemed just recently when the "thing" was cellular phones. With the rapid development of the IoTs, even smartphones and their function in home security are constantly being revolutionized.

Streamlining your home security with the combination of a smartphone, Internet and WiFi-capable devices is one of the best tips in achieving a sustainable home. However, with this comes the necessity for devices to be always updated because communication networks are highly susceptible to hacking. Data that go through your security devices can be intercepted and disrupted. Keeping your smartphones up-to-date is one of the easiest ways to combat any threat that may affect your devices. Take note, however, that some devices may be incapable of being updated or patched, while others may require manual updates. In any event, updating your devices remains an effective way to keep your security system in fighting form. 

Be Sensitive Towards Sensors and Devices

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All the must-have smart products for your IoT-enabled home use sensor detection to create information to be used for behavior analysis and necessary action. This capability enables devices to "know" what to do even before you can. However, remember that the created and transmitted data is made available across a broad network, making the risk of data breaches higher and more serious.

As sensors provide regular readings and alerts when the need to repair a device arises, it is important that you do not compromise your IoT security by getting counterfeit products. If you already have a robust system, adding fake products can embed your other devices with malware or malicious codes. Also, ensure that your secured IoT-enabled home device are properly positioned. This means creating an environment which takes into consideration your devices' their maintenance requirements, such as being protected from direct sunlight, heat, water, dust, and so on.

Also, take caution when adding devices to your IoT-enabled devices and system. To put it simply, not all devices can mesh well. It's crucial that you check the sustainability of your devices and make necessary changes whenever possible.

The undeniable benefits of maintaining a connected home still outweighs the possible risks presented by IoT. Everyone can and should participate in the IoTs because of the security and convenience it offers. However, even the best IoT devices for the connected home will lose their value and function if you do not take security precautions. Fully achieving a smart, automated and sustainable home is becoming a reality for many. But remember that in the end, it's still about learning to control your self-sufficient security devices so you remain in command in the midst of rapid technological innovations.

Philip Masterson is a Market specialist, Researcher, Security Advocate and a Freelance Writer. He has written a range of topics including home and community security, technology, and environment.


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