In the modern age of home automation, everything in a home can be controlled at one’s fingertips. From the alarm system to the thermostat, a smartphone is a key piece of many modern home security systems. Unfortunately, this trend has created a weak link for criminals to exploit.
Keeping a Phone Secure
Smartphones are the most lost and stolen device in the US year after year. But whereas the worst thing a criminal could get ahold of in the past was a list of phone numbers, now everything from access to alarm systems to video surveillance feeds can be gained from a smartphone. How can this vital part of home automation be protected? Here are 4 musts:
- Create Longer Passwords. Some phones allow users to create 4-digit passcodes. These are easy to remember and tough to guess, but not difficult to hack. The longer the password, the better. Also, don’t share passwords with others whether for a phone or a home automation app.
- Keep Software and Apps Up to Date. Hackers can make use of device vulnerabilities. When a company catches such an exploit, an update is released. But these fixes are only as good as the person keeping the device updated.
- Control App Access. Android and iOS both have security features that allow users to control app access. Apps that request access to things they don’t need such as a calendar, location when the device is not in use, or email can be trouble. For example, calendar or location access can let a criminal know when a home will be empty.
- Don’t Click Anything Suspicious. Fake links in emails still catch people unaware and result in hackers being able to acquire passwords and other information.
By helping clients to be aware of such things, the weak link in a security service can be eliminated. NMC is happy to provide high-quality monitoring services, so that if a break-in does occur, a fast response is provided.