You are Alarmed! IoT used in Home Security System May Make Homes Vulnerable

Having too strong a network of a home security system can also backfire and make your “connected” home a victim of theft or something even worse.

How could that be possible? You ask. The simple answer is that all the internet devices collect personal information about you. This leads to what they call the breach of data.

By no means is it being implied that we must go back to primitive days but you must not rely upon the technology without using personal discretions. At least there needs to be some precautions that are to be taken at all costs.  Don’t forget:

  • As we are all aware, a cyberthief, more commonly known as a hacker could hack into your home video surveillance system and spy on you or your children.
  • Your talkative child may end up revealing the passcodes to a hacker.
  • With such sensitive detail in hand, it is simply a happy hunting for the hacker.

But let us not panic and break down this whole IoT terminology. Firstly, the Internet of Things (IoT) devices have various codes, passwords and security features to make your devices secure. Hence it must be understood that an excess of security can compromise the ability of the Security Access Control System In India to create an appealing and an efficacious product in each batch. Therefore the onus of deciding what is secure and what is not secure is up to you.

Once the hackers get access to your security system, they have literally had the world at their feet. Right from taking control over your Video Door Phone to even breaking into your online banking and opening credit lines and robbing you off, it is all but a vicious circle of personal and financial loss.

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How are these vulnerabilities possible?

  • Storing of passwords that are unencrypted.
  • Keeping the default passwords unchanged for long.
  • All the default passwords that are hard-coded for non-changeability can also make a home security system
  • USB port lacking protection.
  • There is no use of the standard security software with IoT pretty much like a fitness tracker.

Some argue that these warnings are being blown out of proportion but we must acknowledge is the fact that many among us were in a denial some 20 years back about the credit card misuse and plenty of scams associated with the same. It was unheard of but now it is a commonplace. So is the mass data breach. If a hack is hatched, it can be executed. It’s just a matter of WHEN. Besides, hacks into home connected devices have already occurred.

Protection

  • Pair your IoT devices with the router’s guest wireless network.
  • Be sure to keep all the passwords unique and strong. They must be a mix of characters without any actual words or names.
  • Be judicious about acquiring additional connected devices. Do you really need the Internet of Things for the most basic things in the family?
  • Keep all the devices software and hardware updated.
  • Register your products with the manufacturer. Pay attention to any manufacturers recall or updates.

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