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Secure Your Smart Home in 4 Simple Steps

From smart watches to smart smoke detectors, the Internet of Things (IoT) is connecting our world like never before. In its simplest sense, the term IoT encompasses anything connected to the internet, and this largely involves smart home devices.

Smart home devices are designed to make your life easier, but with this ease and convenience comes a price — your connected devices and appliances are susceptible to hackers and leaking private information. With connected home appliances and smart home security devices becoming more popular, there are certain security risks that people should be aware of and learn to defend themselves against. Follow these four simple tips to safeguard your smart home.

Make Your Smart Home Security Smart

Secure your network connection. Since your smart devices need to connect to the internet, you’re most likely using your home Wi-Fi. But, if your Wi-Fi network isn’t secure, anything connected to it won’t be secure either — like your private information. Make sure to turn on your Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2) when setting up your Wi-Fi. And, it should go without saying, but your network should be locked and require a password to get into, which means even any guest network access should be disabled.

Firewall protection. You’ll want to add a hardware firewall to your router, which prevents incoming network traffic from reaching your computer. The networking infrastructure is what makes the IoT possible, and since the router is the point which connects any of your smart devices to the internet, having a router firewall helps keep your network safe.

Password management. Having a strong password for any device or account is security 101. The factory-set default password on any router and smart gadget in your home should be changed to a strong, complex password that would be difficult for a hacker to break into. Read more to learn how to create a strong password.

Invest in a unified threat management system (UTM). If your home is highly-connected, you might want to consider a unified threat management system to help secure your devices. A UTM allows you to monitor and manage security-related components of your devices through a single console. It provides security like intrusion detection, antimalware, spam and content filtering, and even VPN capabilities. You can think of the device as one big firewall protecting your entire smart home.

Identity Protection

Taking safety precautions to avoid security breaches is important when you have a smart home, but having a backup plan in the event someone were to hack your systems and perhaps steal private information is important as well.

That’s where insurance for identity protection comes into play. In a world where your information can pop up at the touch of a button, having identity protection is an easy and affordable, proactive way to protect yourself from the unexpected. Read more about the benefits of identity protection insurance.

Most smart home devices are designed to be easy to use, but unfortunately they don’t come with many security features. By following these simple steps to secure your smart home you can enjoy the benefits of the IoT with peace of mind. Check in with your American Family Insurance agent to ensure you have the right coverage to protect what matters most.

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