The smart home offers convenience through connectivity and the automation of certain basic processes in the home. Homeowners, however, need to be aware of the potential security threats to smart home systems.
Home automation and security tend to go together so a breach can have significant consequences. In response, a smart home owner must have security measures in place and take the following steps to secure a home network:
• Ensure a home router’s software is always updated with the latest patches and software updates
• A home automation network should have a firewall installed as the first line of defence against network intrusion.
• Ensure connected devices, such as appliances and other systems, also have the latest system software installed.
• Hire a home network security consultant to assess any vulnerabilities in a home automation system and to help patch them.