In parts one and two of this multi-part blog series, we’ve spent time discussing the various methods you can use to improve your smart home’s cybersecurity protection. This form of security is vital as homes increase their reliance on various automation features, helping you prevent data breaches and keep your data secure at all times. 

At AVI Systems, not only are we here to offer numerous home automation services, from whole home audio and lighting through security and surveillance themes plus much more, we’re also on-hand to assist with vital cybersecurity solutions as well. Today’s final entry into our series will discuss a few more common strategies you should consider when protecting your system digitally.

Don’t Manage the System from Public Wi-Fi Networks

While checking on smart devices while away from home is part of their value, you should avoid doing this while connected to a public Wi-Fi network, as they are usually not encrypted and may have been previously compromised by others. Even if you safely use encryption with your own private wireless router, it’s still safer to limit usage of your automation systems in this way. Once you’re back home, connect to your secured wireless router and manage the system in comfort via your mobile device.

Utilize Biometric Authentication

If available, you should utilize biometric authentication methods for all aspects of your automation system. Touch ID from Apple is a good example, as is facial recognition provided by Microsoft. You can also use fingerprint scanners or eye scanners, which are becoming increasingly popular on security systems like those from IDS, DSC and Honeywell. As this form of authentication uses biological indicators to confirm identity, it’s a highly effective way to keep your system secure.

Firewall and Security Software

Just like with any computer or another system that connects to the internet, you need to make sure you have a firewall and suitable antivirus or other security software installed. If you don’t, cybercriminals will easily exploit the lack of protection to hijack your system for their own ends. All major anti-virus programs are regularly updated with the latest in malware protection, while firewalls like those from AVG can help to block unauthorized incoming connections.

Disable Unneeded Features

In certain cases within home automation, less is more. If you don’t use your system’s remote access, for instance, you should disable this feature. It can be an open invitation for cybercriminals to hijack your system and take control, so it’s best if it’s kept disabled unless you need to use it. Other features like trigger-based events (such as turning on the lights as soon as someone opens a door) are also worth disabling, as they make your system more vulnerable to attack.

For more on cybersecurity for your smart home, or to learn about any of our home automation services, speak to the staff at AVI Systems today.