Are smart homes safe?

Safe, secure and comfortable homes

Many of us access the internet and our digital networks on a daily basis without giving too much thought to how our information and our systems are protecting our personal data. But, as our world becomes more and more connected, it makes sense to take a moment to think about our digital security and how we are protecting ourselves and our loved ones.

Some home automation products are single, stand-alone Internet of Things (IoT) devices, while others work as a home automation and security solution, bringing together multiple systems into the one user interface.

As you add to your digital portfolio, it pays to also strengthen your digital protection. Be aware of who might be capturing your personal data (and how) or trying to make their way into your personal digital space.

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Smart homes can offer greater security

If you keep your residential automation systems updated with the latest security software, ensure you change the default settings, and give thought to your router gateway, then a home automation installation can be used to help to improve the security of your home.

A smart home automation and security system can be used to help ensure all windows and doors are shut when you are not home. It can also be used to fool would-be intruders into thinking that someone is at home, even when you may be away for an extended time. For example, you can use your smart home system to turn lights on and off on a schedule, or via an app with remote access. You can also open and close connected blinds to give the impression that someone is home when you are away.

All in all, it pays to purchase connected devices and smart home solutions from trusted manufacturers who have the experience, knowledge and credentials to ensure your devices are safe.

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