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Adding Smart Devices to Your Home Securely

These devices make our lives easier. But, they come with a host of growing concerns as convenience is prioritized over privacy. Smart devices often have lax security making them an easy target.

Secure Your Smart Devices

Our homes are now a hotbed of connected devices from virtual assistants to connected thermostats to smart doorbells to fridges that never run out of milk. These intelligent products share a mission to make our lives easier. However, smart devices come with a host of growing concerns as convenience is prioritized over privacy.

Smart devices often have lax security and come with a default password as standard or no password at all, which makes them an easy target for cybercriminals. There are also growing concerns related to the data that these connected devices are constantly gathering, including voice-activated assistants. Connected TVs are increasingly popular; however, they track what you and your family watch to recommend other shows and movies and allow brands to make more money with targeted ads. Businesses are profiting by exploiting the data gleaned from what you and your kids are watching to serve up products that they think you will be interested in.

IDShield Protection Features Include

  • Dark web surveillance
  • Unlimited consulting with fraud experts
  • 24/7 access for emergency support
  • Monthly credit score tracker
  • Support with credit report disputes
  • Scan your social media for unwanted images and posts
  • Watch your financial accounts for unwanted activity
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Take Action Before Connecting Devices

Consumers need to be aware of the potential pitfalls with connected devices. This was brought to the forefront with the recent hacking of a Ring camera. While this is an extreme example resulting from password reuse, it shows how easily a smart device can transform from a useful tool to a horrifying threat. As the number of smart devices is poised to continue its rapid growth, you need to put the foundations in place to stop the exploitation of your family’s information and privacy.

Protect your Home Network

Make sure that your network is password protected and hide it from view so that it doesn’t show up. Go into the router settings to do this. You can also create a guest network for your smart devices to add an extra layer of security so that others are not able to access your computers or smartphones.
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Prioritize Passwords

As we shift our lives online, we must protect our privacy and reputation by securing our personal, financial, and medical information. Rather than waiting for something to go wrong, we need to take an active role, assess possible threats and protect our digital identity. We want to help you take control of your digital life so that you understand where the pitfalls lie and how you can protect yourself and your family.

Don’t Delay Software Updates
You should check for and run any software updates as these often have security patches and can help prevent cybercriminals from gaining access. Do this before connecting any of your family’s devices to your home network and regularly audit your appliances to see if there are any software updates.
A young woman cooking
A young woman cooking

Mute Microphones

With the explosion in intelligent speakers, many homes now have multiple devices offering help from the familiar voices of Alexa, Siri and Google. However, these products are continually watching and listening to us. So, make sure that you turn the microphones off when they are not in use. Adopt the approach that you can’t be too careful.

Review Privacy Settings

In response to the growing concerns around privacy with smart devices, many of the major manufacturers, including Apple, Amazon, and Google, are providing enhanced privacy controls. Make sure to check the privacy settings with every device and opt-out of data tracking and ads. Also, make sure to regularly check that the settings don’t default back to sharing your data.

By following these steps, you can stop both cybercriminals and organizations from invading your home’s privacy and infiltrating your information. IDShield can help you take back control, allowing you and your family to enjoy your smart home’s many benefits without worrying about the privacy implications of intelligent devices.

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Learn how IDShield can help protect your privacy while enjoying your smart devices

  • Monitoring critical areas where theft occurs
  • Help and restoration if your identity is stolen
  • Alerting you to potentially nefarious activity