Your internet-connected devices — smart TVs, security cameras, smart locks, gaming consoles, smart thermostats — can add a level of convenience to your life, but they could also can make your home and connected devices vulnerable. That’s why it’s important to have a defense plan for securing smart home devices.
The Internet of Things — all those appliances and devices that connect to the internet and to each other on your home network — have created new opportunities for cybercriminals.
Bottom line: If you have a connected home, it needs protection. Below are 10 tips to secure your Smart-Home and its smart devices…
Use unique passwords for Wi-Fi and device accounts.
Avoid common words or passwords that are easy to guess, such as “password” or “123456.” Instead, use unique, complex passwords made up of letters, numbers, and symbols. You might also consider a password manager to up your security game.
Wi-Fi Security: Use WPA2-AES or WPA2-TKIP
USE IPV6 for all Smart-Gadgets
Trust me… Moving your device to an ipv6 IP address range.. will make you hack-proof. There is very little literacy even in the hacker group on how to exploit ipv6. Most people don’t know how to initiate an ipv6 based SSH, telnet, link-local TCP/UDP Session. Moreover, the internet is still designed to work over IPv4, there is very little chance that your ipv6 device can be even accessed by IPv4 IP assigned terminal… I have tried my self.
Check IoT Device Security Setting
IoT devices might come with default privacy and security settings. You might want to consider changing them, as some default settings could benefit the manufacturer more than they benefit you.
Remove default usernames and passwords.
90% of WIFI-Routers have factory default User-id and password enabled, No one bothers to change them. Once your Home WIFI-Router is hacked then there is no defense to Protect your Smart-things/devices.
Disable features you may not need.
IoT devices come with a variety of services such as remote access, often enabled by default.
If you don’t need it, be sure to disable it. Disable Data-Sharing and running experimental traffic. Unless you are a geek yourself, Don’t enable data-sharing and other data-sharing feature… Typically look for auto-selected check-box which will appear some-where while installing and configuring your device 1st time…
Rename your router.
Don’t stick with Default manufacturer given name — it helps to identify the make or model. Give it an unusual name not associated with you or your street address. You don’t want your router name to give away any personal identifiers.
Avoid public Wi-Fi networks.
You may be tempted to access your Home Smart-Lock or other Home security Devices from a coffee-shop or the cafeteria of your office. Don’t do that!!! Generally not a good idea — use a VPN. or Enable Two-Factor Authentication if Support by your IoT Devices.
Watch out for outages.
Ensure that a hardware outage does not result in an insecure state for the device. Especially the Home Security Devices and Solution. During bootup/power-up sequence Devices are vulnerable to attack.
Disable Open-Network Latching
The easiest way to hack your Smart-Devices(or Smart-things) is to create a powerful open Wifi network… Any Wireless-device is designed to select a strong and better reception signal, Hence the easiest hack would be using a Smart-Phone to create a Hot-spot with no authentication and steal your home device…
Setup a guest network
Keep your Wi-Fi account private. Visitors, friends, and relatives can log into a separate network that doesn’t tie into your IoT devices.