Turning Your Home Into A Smart Home: Security Considerations

You’ve probably heard some of the hype about “smart homes” without really knowing what the term means. In fact, you may have thought that it was just the latest fad and not something that you really needed to look into. However, did you know that creating a “smart” home not only makes your life easier, but it can also help you save energy (and therefore save money) and also get more done? With all of the advantages, there is also one big disadvantage; smart homes have serious security issues. Someone that breaks into your home virtually can find out all kinds of information about you. For example, they know your daily schedule, they can watch you via webcam and they even know what you ate for dinner. Someone that is really technologically savvy can hack into your security system and turn it off, allowing them to access your property whenever they want. This all sounds a bit like a nightmare, but the good news is that with a little research, you can make your home virtually un-hackable. This is what you need to know.

Securing your Home

Picking out items for your smart home isn’t easy, in part because there are so many gadgets to choose from. You may quickly become overwhelmed by all your options, but it is important to remain focused. What do you need for your home? Security should be your priority. Each piece of technology that you bring in could be a way for someone to access your house. Therefore, there is no need to go overboard. Look into intelligent speakers; both Google and Amazon have good products on the market. When it comes to the temperature in your home, the Nest Learning Thermostat is a great option. Do your research and look into smart lighting, switches and plug options as well. To keep things as streamlined as possible, buy the above items first. From there, just buy things as you need them. If you grab a bunch of gadgets in the beginning, chances are you are just going confuse yourself and may not bring your vision for the home to life.

In addition, the more gadgets that you have in your house, the more you have to worry about being vulnerable to a hacker. You can’t protect yourself just by buying less “stuff,” however. You have to think about security, which means that you will need to purchase items specifically for that purpose. In addition, you should not put these purchases off; they should be some of the first things that you research and buy, so that your home is protected from the very beginning.

To start, you need to make sure your inlets are secure. When it comes to your exterior doors, you obviously want to keep out people that do not have permission to be on your property. In addition, though, you want a device that will notify you as to who is coming and going from your house. You can opt to receive email alerts that give you this information. A video doorbell should do the trick. It will capture the images of anyone that comes up to your door, and if that individual tries to access your property, you will get an alert so that you can take the appropriate action.

Security Cameras

What about security cameras? There is a lot of discussion on this topic, as some experts are in favor of putting them in while others advise against it. Of course, when you think of home security, you probably picture a bunch of cameras scattered throughout your home, both on the inside and the outside. Keep in mind, though, that a hacker could break into your server and watch the house with the help of those cameras. Even still, it is a good idea to put these gadgets in your home. A good rule of thumb is that there should be one camera per room, and you should also put some up along the access points of your property. Do your research and select the best cameras for your needs. In addition, make sure to update often so that hackers have a harder time breaking into your system. Pay attention to the resolution of the cameras when making your selection; they won’t do you very much good if the images aren’t clear.

While trespassers are certainly an issue to watch out for, they are not the only issue that you need to be aware of. For example, an electronic device that is not working properly could cause a fire. As a result, you must have smoke and fire detectors in your home. There are a lot of products on the market to look at, and some are more expensive than others. The Nest Protect is one highly rated gadget that is worth researching.

There are a lot of things that can cause issues for a smart home system. For example, extortion, theft, blackmail and arson are all problems to be aware of. Security research has been looking into how individual devices link up with and “talk” to one another.

While all the different gadgets certainly have their advantages and will come in handy in the future, a complete security system is another item to put on your list. The system links up with all of your different security devices, helping them work together to increase your security. There is even a new system being developed that says it is autonomous; it is worth doing some research to see what Agnee is all about. It incorporates full perimeter security, voice recognition and motion sensors. It should be on the market very soon, but keep in mind that there is a waiting list. If you decide that you want to get it for your home, you should probably submit your name so that you get it sooner rather than later. Of course, there are a number of other systems to look into as well. Pipe, iSmartAlarm and Canary are all good options that are worth exploring. If you want some more info in the smart products used in construction, check out PSR.

The best thing that you can do is to keep up with new developments. There are a lot of new products on the horizon, and some are much better than others. If you are thinking about making a new purchase, make sure the manufacturer is well known in the industry. Also, make sure they plan to support the device and send out updates when necessary. If you have a device in your home that does not have the proper level of protection, you are just asking for trouble.

Burglaries are surprisingly common. The majority of them happen in daylight hours, during the time that many people are at work or at school. More people than ever before have been affected by these crimes. Of course, the people physically breaking into your home are an issue, but hackers that are virtually breaking in are also problematic. Smart homes have so many benefits but there are also concerns associated with them as well. If you are worried about your home security, it is important to take steps to make the situation better.

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