It's not enough to just install a smart home security system – The Star Online

Smart homes can be safer homes with the help of systems that offer modern solutions to prevent break-ins beyond a locked door.

For example, some systems allow you to open or close your outdoor window shutters, turn installed cameras on or off, or activate movement sensors – all remotely, usually through your smartphone.

But take care, as these systems also have vulnerabilities, warns Germany’s national and state police crime prevention unit.

The first rule is to make sure external devices never penetrate the home system – if your smart-home system is hacked by an intruder, it can no longer offer protection and might even provide the thief with information about when you are at home or out and about.

Police also advise downloading any update to the system’s software as soon as it’s available. It’s also a good idea to change the default password before installing the security system, since they’re often easy to guess, as well as to activate your WiFi router’s firewall.

Finally, encrypt your communications with your smart home systems. Use a VPN, for example, as a secure connection to the home network.

You could also get a separate wireless LAN to link up with your smart home system. If you do, make sure the only person with access data is the system’s administrator and that no third parties can access it. – dpa


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