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Is Your Home Security System Likely to Get Hacked?

Alarm System HackedAs you may already know, you can access any of our security equipment through your PC or smart phone. This access makes your alarm equipment both easy and convenient to manage.

It also puts most of the functions of that equipment onto the Internet. That means that if you don’t take some precautions you could become vulnerable to hackers. That’s why we wanted to take a moment to talk to you about some of the things that you can do to keep your alarm system safe.

Choose a smart user name.

You’d be surprised how many people just go with “admin” when they’re choosing user names. Admin is easy to remember. It’s also easy to guess.

You might not want to use your last name, either. That’s right out there on your mailbox, which makes it equally easy for someone to guess.

Alternatives could include a favorite fictional character, a type of animal, or even a place name. Adding numbers can also present hackers with more of a challenge.

Choose a smart password.

“Password” is still one of the most common passwords, followed closely by “123456” and “12345678.” You can view a full list of 2013’s most common passwords here. We suggest avoiding anything that’s on this list.

Make sure you’re choosing strong passwords on your computer, your smart phone, your bluetooth devices and your WiFi network.

The best passwords have at least 8-10 characters, one uppercase letter, one number, and one symbol, such as an exclamation point or hashtag. A Bluetooth usually only lets you set up a numeric password, but you can still be creative: 19284242 is still a lot harder to crack than 12345678.

Use secure WiFi connections.

Don’t check your security system from a local coffee shop. That’s a public network, and thousands of people have the password. There’s a big difference between public network and, say, your work’s wifi connection, which has its own security.

You should pay attention to what your phone is doing, too. If you’ve got it set so that it automatically connects to WiFi you could create a breach just by walking into a new location. You should also check your Bluetooth–change the settings to prevent random people from “discovering” your devices. They can’t hack what they can’t find.

Secure your router.

At home, you should make sure that you have a long, complex password on your router. You should also rename your WiFi network. You don’t want to make things easier on hackers by naming your network, “The Anderson House,” for example. If you do, they can easily link your router to your mailbox so that they can get even more details about the physical home they’re targeting.

Avoid giving your password to anyone who does not live in your home. If you give it out to a guest, change it later. Remember, many burglaries are inside jobs.

Please don’t conclude that smart home security is an unsafe option. It’s perfectly safe, so long as you take reasonable precautions. These are the same precautions that you should be using with your online banking, e-mail, and social media accounts. Failing to take these precautions is the 21st century equivalent of failing to lock your doors–and we all know what happens when you do that!

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