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Securing Your Home Network

Securing Your Home Network

The Internet of Things has arrived, and it doesn’t plan on leaving anytime soon. Recently, critics have pointed out security breaches that have occurred in home automation devices and believe that the Internet of Things is a possible path for hackers to steal your private information. As home-automated devices are working out the bugs in their systems, Frontline Security in Calgary wants you to know that home automation is safe, when installed professionally and when users are trained properly.

Home automation made waves at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with devices that are set to revolutionize your daily chores. Since everything from refrigerators to coffee makers to door locks are all connected, securing your network has become just as important as securing your home. With Bluetooth connections to your router, it’s possible that your home-automated thermostat can be used to access your computer. Recently there have been incidents that have exposed vulnerabilities in home-automated devices, two of which include, refrigerators sending malicious emails and a baby monitor that was hacked. As more and more devices are connected, there is greater potential for someone to wreak havoc on your home.

Intruders don’t have to break into your home physically; they can access your network via your home-automated devices. Recent research shows that home-automated security systems may be vulnerable, not because devices were connected to the Internet, but because homeowners were not properly trained on using them. Companies would simply install a security system and give homeowners a quick lesson on how to use it, but fail to give basic security advice. Most security systems that are hacked are due to weak passwords, easy login information and homeowners not updating software.

Newer generations of the Internet of Things are fixing glitches in their technology. At Frontline Security, we believe the key to keeping your home safe is proper installation and thorough training on how to use all home-security devices. Here’s how we help keep our automated devices and home networks safe:

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