Smart home tech can improve your home security. But one of the biggest concerns about smart homes is whether the products themselves pose a security risk.
This October is National Home Security Month. To celebrate, we’ve picked our favourite tech gadgets to help you keep your home safe.
But first, here are some general tips on securing your smart home…
Toughen up your personal passwords
Having a strong password for your smart tech and home Wi-Fi is the first line of defence against hackers.
Step up your security by using different passwords for each device and using a combination of letters (capital and lower case), numbers and symbols to create a password at least 12 characters long.
Remember to change your passwords regularly to stay one step ahead of the hackers.
Steer clear of default passwords
A lot of gadgets use a default username and password so they can be quickly activated by connecting to the internet. Some even let you continue using the device with these default details, which you should definitely avoid using.
To be safe, choose smart tech that requires a unique username and password, as this is a sign the manufacturer takes your security seriously.
Secure your smart home hub
To make the most of your smart home tech, you’ll want to connect everything to a central hub.
Be sure to check the security of your main hub when it comes to connecting to third-party devices. The more established brands have set standards that third-party devices must meet before they're allowed access.
As a general rule, sticking with well-known and trusted brands, such as Hive, will give you more rigorous security when connecting third-party devices.
Top Hive smart home brands and their security
Hive Active Heating
You don’t want to come home from a winter holiday to a burst pipe and a flooded house. The Hive Active Heating thermostat has automatic frost protection to keep your home safe while you’re soaking up the sun abroad.
The Hive system uses industry-standard SSL encryption when transmitting data between your smart tech and mobile apps to keep your data secure.
As an added bonus, this thermostat comes with professional installation by British Gas, so you don’t have to worry about whether your DIY skills are up to the job.
Hive Active Cool to Warm Smart Bulb
Lots of people leave lights on a timer switch when not at home to make potential burglars think that that the house is occupied. But if the same light goes on and off at exactly the same time each day, it’s a bit of a giveaway.
With the Hive Active Light Cool to Warm Smart Bulb, you can control your lights remotely from your smartphone or set up a schedule for when you’re away. You can even link the Smart Bulb to a motion sensor, so if there’s any unexpected movement, the culprit will be lit up immediately.
Hive Active Plug
The Hive Active Plug allows you to control any plug socket direct from your phone. Pretty handy for switching the coffee machine on before you get out of bed, but even more useful if you’re worried that your teenager hasn’t turned off their hair straighteners.
You can set schedules for different plugs to be switched on and off. Set the radio to come on in the morning, or the TV in the afternoon, to make it seem like someone’s in the house.
Hive View Camera
For ultimate peace of mind, the Hive View Camera allows you to see exactly what’s going on at home from your smartphone.
If you do have an unexpected visitor, the Hive View will automatically start recording and you’ll get a notification on your smartphone. You can replay footage from the previous 24 hours and set the sensitivity level so you don’t get a notification every time your cat strolls across the room.
To protect your privacy, each camera is secured using a unique certificate linked to your Hive account, so no one else can access or use your camera even if it’s stolen, and all videos are securely uploaded to the cloud using latest industry-standard protocols.
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