Smart Home Device Password Security

In this article, we are going to talk about password best practices for all smart devices you have in your home.

We all have them at home, whether they be smart light bulbs, smart cameras, smart voice assistants, smart fridges, smart whatever you can think of. . . these technologies are making it into homes across the world.

They make our lives easier and it’s neat that the technology we dreamed about 50 years ago is slowly trickling into our every day lives.

These devices are great. I can’t deny it since I have my fair share of devices at home and use them on a daily basis.

But are they safe? What risks are you accepting by having these devices in your home? Let’s talk about that today. I’ll be covering 5 basic things you should be doing to protect yourself and your devices. All references will be linked at the bottom

#1 Default Password

Pick a strong password. If you haven’t read my article on password attacks, I highly recommend you give it a read. There we cover 8 of the common password attacks and how you can build a password that is somewhat safer than the advertised typical password.

Once you have your strong password, make it unique to each device. I know this will make it hard to remember, but if you get creative enough, you should be fine.

#2 Different accounts

#3 Manufacturers

Some things to consider here. Their devices could be sending data back to a remote server. They could be capturing your passwords and selling them. (Even more reason to use unique passwords and user names on each device). They could be faulty and cause a fire in your house. They could be unreliable and cause you headaches because they don’t work well.

#4 2 Factor Authentication

#5 App Permissions

Well that wraps up this article for today.

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Hopefully I didn’t scare you too much. These devices are great. They help us do things that are usually boring or mundane. They are getting better every year. Just be careful and use some of the tips I provided today to keep yourself and your family safe!

I’m an engineer working professionally in San Diego, CA. I’m trying to improve every day and use this space to document. Connect:

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