Your connect home - connect it safely

Your home is becoming more connected every day, so make sure you've connected safely.

Posted on 14 May 2018

These days, it’s not a matter of what you can connect to the internet, but what you can't. Technology that was considered futuristic ten years ago is now common in many homes and offices.

Smart TVs, lighting, heating, security systems, audio systems, refrigerators and children's toys can all be monitored remotely via apps on your mobile device.

This means they all transmit data, which could be used by criminals to disable your intruder alarm, infect your Wifi network with malware, or obtain sensitive data from the apps.

There is no need to panic - here are some simple, practical steps you can take to ensure everything is connected safely:

  • For devices that need a password (as well as your WiFi password) to connect, replace factory-set passwords with secure ones you create yourself. This is because a lot of default administrator passwords are common to every device, and potentially insecure. If in doubt, check manufacturers' instructions on how to change passwords.
  • Don’t use the same password for more than one connected device, or one you already use for other online accounts.
  • Make sure your WiFi network is secure, see our advice page on wireless networks and hotspots
  • Make sure that all your computers and mobile devices are fitted with updated internet security software.
  • Check the apps associated with your devices and install updates as soon as prompted. Also, regularly check manufacturers' websites for updates, as they can be slow to push them out via their apps.
  • If you can, disable remote-management access and other powerful network tools, if they won’t be used.
  • Consider buying well-known, reputable brands as more care has probably been taken in securing the products and your security.

For everything you need to know about securing your connected home, visit Get Safe Online.