Securing Your Smart Home

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Smart home devices offer homeowners an undeniable level of convenience. Controlling your home using smart gadgets to the internet of things that make life easier for comfortable living, smart gadgets tighten the grip and control of our homes. Most of these tech gadgets, however, do suffer security threats, especially since they have external connectivity features.

As a homeowner, securing your smart home requires you to have firm control of all your smart gadgets’ privacy settings. Here are tips on how to ensure that you secure your smart homes’ tech gadgets to prevent a possible home cyber-attack.

Installing your own router

Any devices connected to the internet in your home can act as a loophole for cyber-attack. To prevent the web-based vulnerability, it is important to consider purchasing your own router and setting your own preferences as opposed to using the router offeredby your internet service provider. When configuring a router for maximum security, you should pay attention to setting a strong password, a unique username, and strong encryption for your Wi-Fi.

Updating your devices

Any smart home device installed in your house should be updated at the hardware as well as software level. Devices that use software and applications should be updated whenever a new update is released by the software developers. Such updates are normally targeted at making the device conveniently safe for use. Hardware upgrades are also necessary to ensure that you enjoy the latest secure technology for your home.

Purchase original

When purchasing smart home tech devices for your house, it is important to go for branded and new gadgets as opposed to purchasing generic and used devices. Used gadgets, as well as refurbished ones, tend to come with preset configurations that are not trustworthy and may contain a loophole to a major cyber-attack on your home. Purchasing new device gives you an opportunity to set the right security configurations as desired.

Creating a separate network for your guests

Not every visitor to your house should be given access to the primary Wi-Fi network. You should create a separate guest network with its own secure logins as a way of preventing the threshold of risk that your primary network may face. It prevents your devices from being infected with potential malware which your friends may download through the network.

The Best Spots To Install Your Smart Home Cameras

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Home burglary and other property crimes continue to be the most common crimes committed. While it is impossible to completely prevent these common crimes, an extra layer of protection will always come in handy. The best way to add this extra protection is by installing security cameras around the house. In order for these cameras to work properly, they need to be positioned in the right spots. These are the four best places to install security cameras.

All Entrance Doors

The vast majority of criminals will enter the home using the front, back or side door. Putting a camera over all of these doors allows you to see everyone entering the house at all times. These cameras can also come in handy if you think someone is stealing the mail or packages.

Driveway

Criminals do not have to enter the house to cause a problem. Cars are extremely expensive pieces of property that sit relatively unprotected in the driveway. This is why it is very important to have a camera overlooking the driveway. It is also a good idea to get a view of the garage door with the camera. Opening a garage door is relatively easy, and it gives the criminal access to a lot of tools, equipment, and other expensive belongings.

Living Room

The living room is where most people keep their television, video game console, stereo equipment, and other expensive electronics. This often makes the living room the first stop for criminals after illegally entering a house. Since this is likely where the criminals will focus most of their time, it only makes sense to have video surveillance in the living room. This camera can also come in handy when trying to keep tabs on a babysitter or repairman.

Main Hallway

While every home has its own unique design, they all have a main hallway that connects the rooms. Since this hallway is the only way to travel throughout the house, it needs to be monitored at all times. If the other cameras miss the criminal entering the house, then they will surely be seen walking in the hallway. This is the perfect way to catch sneaky criminals that enter the home using nontraditional methods.

3 Reasons To Invest In A Smart Home

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Smart homes were once almost the sole purview of the uber-wealthy. Today, however, more and smarter home features are making their way into the mainstream and even the most modest homes can now be smart homes. Investing in a smart home can also be a smart investment. Here are three reasons you may consider investing in a smart home.

Safety & Security

Smart homes offer a number of safety and security features that allow you to monitor your home around the clock and from wherever you are. Motion-activated cameras can alert you if there is movement in your home when you are away. Video doorbells can not only save you an early morning trip downstairs to find a solicitor on your doorstep but can also record any suspicious activity outside your home to send to neighbors or the police. Smart smoke alarms and CO2 detectors can also send alerts to your phone, which can help you quickly alert emergency personnel in the case of an actual emergency. With a smart door lock, you can evenlet them in the front door to quickly rescue pets. 

Convenience

During the summer, the best time to water your lawn or dry your clothes is in the middle of the night when temperatures are the coolest. Timers on your sprinkler or your dryer can be set to go off at a certain time, but they also have to be programmed, just like your thermostat or your coffee pot. A smart home, however, allows you to program a number of different appliances to perform a wide range of functions at specific times using only the sound of your voice. No more complicated manuals and confusing instructions. Just tell your home hub what you want and it will do the rest.

Savings

Smart thermostats use a number of different sensors to detect which areas of your home need to be heated or cooled. Not only can they regulate an even temperature throughout your home, but they can also save you a great deal of money by automatically raising and lowering the temperature when you leave or go to bed and just before you wake up or arrive home. Smart sprinklers will not turn on if they detect that the ground is already wet or if rain is on the way, which can save you a great deal in water costs.

One advantage morConnect has over anyone in the smart home industry is that we provide free protection for furnace and air conditioning when clients choose us to upgrade their homes! Check out our website to learn more today!

Top 5 Smart Home Features of The Future

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The smart home revolution has already kicked off. Fast forward a decade or more and some of the common household features will nearly seem impossible. With technology evolving at warp speed, homes are becoming more and more integrated with smart-driven features. Robotics technologies will be particularly revolutionizing, as the long-standing dream of robotic household maids is thought to be a certain eventuality. All household appliances will eventually be controlled by a centralized user interface accessible on mobile devices or even from a car’s dashboard control panel. All of the features that are available today like lighting and temperature controls will offer users far more fine-tuning than ever before. Here are some awesome products to help get you started.

Cleaning Robots

The smart homes of the future will do most of the household chores and cleaning on their own. Various autonomous robots will silently work while household members are sleeping or are away, making sure that the home stays spotless year around.

Smart Toilets

The toilets of the future will not be anything like what they are today. Instead of only possessing flushing features, they will possess waste analysis, allowing users to be altered to health problems. They will be self-cleaning, self-flushing, heated, and fully digitalized.

Energy Efficiency

Using blockchain and other advanced technologies homeowners of the future will be able to fine-tune and track their energy consumption like never before. They will be able to see every minute detail about their energy use down to the specific volume used per appliance. They will even be able to select the type of upstream energy source they use at the push of a button.

Smart Appliances

In the future, every appliance within a home will possess smart features. The appliances will all be synchronized to a centralized user interface, giving the user up to the second information on refrigerator inventory, laundry status, dishwasher cycles, and much more. Home residents will be able to control everything within their home remotely from wherever they are.

Next Level Home Security

Smart homes of the future will offer their residents not just 24/7 video surveillance streams, but every square inch of every home and property will be viewable on video due to highly advanced panoramic security cameras. Homes of the future will be a digital fortress of technology-driven security.

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