WebRTC Expert Feature

August 12, 2019

Beware: Your Home May Be Hacked

We all want to feel safe in our homes. Today, with technological advanced modifying all aspects of reality, houses are filled with electronics. So-called smart devices, like high-tech baby monitors or pet cams, have been designed to boost convenience. However, there is a dark side to these innovations that must never be overlooked: their cyber vulnerability.

Humans are equipping their homes with numerous Internet-connected gadgets which are useful, as well as hackable. To stay safe, you do not have to renounce all those novelties. Installing a VPN will make your network impenetrable for hackers. For an overview of VPNs, which have versatile uses, check vpn-review.com and similar sites. Manufacturers are slow to enhance their product defenses, but consumers can take action now.

What if a criminal gains access to all those cameras in your home? They would see the layout of your home and determine when you are away. And if you pack your suitcases for a wonderful vacation abroad, you may become a victim of a burglary. Sounds like  post-apocalyptic tales? Unfortunately, such scenarios are no longer the stuff of fiction.

Dangerous Ignorance

The media are coming up with more and more stories concerning hacking or data theft. We know that hacking is rampant, and the methods of malicious users are many. However, you may rarely hear about cybersecurity in relation to smart home gadgets. The issue exists, and the situation is truly alarming.

Check if your gadgets are among the least secure ones. There is a list of the most vulnerable pieces of technology sold on Amazon, with exact weak points highlighted. Today, the only reliable way to stay safe is protecting critical infrastructure with the help of a virtual private network. Here is what you need to do. 

1. How it works

Usually, all smart devices in a home are connected to a single Wi-fi network. Surely, when everything is operating from one place, it is convenient. Technology can really boost productivity, but it is best to stay safe in the process.

Aside from the convenience, the same Wi-fi network immediately exposes connected gadgets to third-party interference. Your router is likely to allow VPN configuration. This will protect all electronic devices, as the connection will now be encrypted and thus secure. 

2. Password updates

It is essential to change your password regularly. make sure it includes a sequence of numbers, upper and lower-case letters, and special characters to make it harder to crack. Software updates should also be performed regularly.

3. Focus on the features

Study any tech product's security features before making a purchase. Never rely on advertisements alone. While smart devices are all the rage, customers are often careless in terms of data protection that may cost them dearly. Remember that what looks like a fabulous gift may bring hidden dangers to you and your family.

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