Believe it or not, I do not have a lot of hi-tech gear at home by today’s standards. People tend to think since I work in an IT company that I would have lots of cool tech everywhere. I would have more, but I am not allowed : )
In just the past couple of months though, I have added a Smart TV, Google Home, and Ecobee 3 smart thermostats. Before that I only had a Chromecast device. Now there is a lot more tech connected to my WiFi and much of it powered on 24/7 while also accessible from the internet. It is time to worry about security.
Here is a good article that gives you some things to think about. NY Times Article Here is How to Fend Off a Hijacking of Home Devices
- Make sure your WiFi password is something complex. If you really want to be more secure setup a guest WiFi and hide it (there are settings in your WiFi device to do this).
- Accept that theses devices are capturing some information about you.
- Have a security camera or video baby monitor? Make sure you change the login with a secure password. Most people leave these as the default so they are open to anyone on the internet right now…
- Login to the devices regularly to make sure the software/firmware is up to date.