Each day new technologies are developed that improve our lives, but at the same time they make our world a little more complex. One of the latest trends in new technologies is smart appliances. These are appliances that connect to the internet and allow you to interact with them via a computer, a tablet, or your smart phone. For example, the new Bosch range will let you remotely monitor the roast cooking inside it with your smartphone while you are out picking the perfect wine to go with dinner. Your smart phone can also unlock the door to your house and monitor your home security system. It all sounds marvelous and futuristic, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it can also lead to potential disaster.
How Smart Appliances Can Lead To Trouble
Last year, Fox News reported on a story that a couple in Texas discovered someone had hacked into their baby monitor. Virtually any wireless device can be hijacked remotely by a computer hacker. There are even reported cases of pacemakers being turned off and of cars being remotely-controlled against the will of the driver. The more wireless-enabled devices that you have, the greater your risk. Some hackers may just be harmless pranksters, but it’s much better to be safe than sorry. Thankfully, there are some easy steps that one can follow to make certain that hackers can’t take over.
How To Check Your Appliances For Your Security
Luckily, the same things that you should do to keep your home internet access safe from hackers are what you should do to keep your appliances from “turning against” you. Understand that these are some basic security tips for keeping your home network safe. If you are unsure about any of the appliances in your home, please contact an experienced and qualified service provider in your area.
- Passwords should be at least 10 characters long, contain both numerals and letters, and should shift between upper and lower case.
- Passwords should NEVER be written down in an easy to find place.
- Passwords should be different from one device to the next, NOT one password for all devices.
- Passwords should be changed at regular intervals and after any appliance repair.
- Only have internet accessing appliances installed by experienced and qualified appliance service providers that you can trust.
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