Is it Safe to Add Wi-Fi Cameras to My Home Security ? Do These 3 Things. Is it Safe to Add Wi-Fi Cameras to My Home Security ? Do These 3 Things. https://bigstarsmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Wi-Fi_Security_Safe_Doorbell_Camera.jpg 603 405 Scott Zuniga Scott Zuniga https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/7e54221a50105a11d3f461ab8d649543?s=96&d=mm&r=g May 24, 2020 May 25, 2020 Wi-Fi security starts where your internet begins. We frequently get asked, “Is it safe to add Wi-Fi products to my home security system?” Working from home will continue to increase, and some say offices will become things of the past. Consequently, more people are worried about Wi-Fi security because of the amount of sensitive information stored in computers and devices at home. As a smart home security company in Austin, Texas, we see how physical home security and digital network security affect each other. We’ve noticed that the more Wi-Fi cameras grow in popularity, the more network security has an effect on home security. For example, stories continue to emerge about Wi-Fi video doorbell cameras being hacked and people’s privacy being compromised through them. It’s terrifying to think that devices made to keep homes safe, might actually do the opposite. This is why we no longer recommend some of the most popular Wi-Fi cameras on the market. Still, no matter what Wi-Fi device you add to your smart home, Wi-Fi security starts where your internet begins; at the router. Here are 3 things you can do to secure your Wi-Fi devices 1. Use Password Best Practices Make sure to change your router’s default password once it’s installed and before you start installing your smart Wi-Fi devices. Otherwise, you will need to reconnect previously installed Wi-Fi devices once the password has been updated. Here is a super simple tutorial on how to change your router password and settings. Your password should be something like a phrase and have a combination of letters, numbers and special characters. It’s also good to use best practices of Wi-Fi security like two-factor authentication and guest user passwords (also explained in the tutorial link above). 2. Use Proper User Management Next, give access to your smart devices on an individual level by creating separate user accounts. Never share your login credentials with others! Allowing several users to share the same login information makes it difficult to track what devices are giving access to hackers. 3. Buy Security System Products from Companies Who Specialize in Security Professionals specialize to be the best at what they do. So why buy a security system from a company that makes your web browser, or from a retail giant that sold you Crocs? (No Croc-shaming here, I’m wearing a pair now) Instead, give your security business to companies like Alarm.com and Qolsys, that spend 100% of their time focusing on your security. BIGSTAR strongly recommends both because their products are less susceptible to attacks caused by breaches in W-Fi security and other types of hacks. The BIG IDEA To sum it up, Wi-Fi devices, as vulnerable as the may be, aren’t going anywhere. This is why taking the proper steps to keep your Wi-Fi secure will also keep you and your property secure. To help, when a BIGSTAR technician installs a Wi-Fi device in your home, they can also setup your Wi-Fi security upon request. BIGSTAR has curated the most secure devices for home and business owners, and we help you stay on top of the latest smart home and security trends. One of those services is offered by our friend John Britt at US Technical Services Group. They have a managed network security package that includes a router, switch and access point. They also have a single user protection plan for an added layer of security for your computer. These two offerings make your work and personal information security ironclad. John’s offering a 10% discount on the service if you mention BIGSTAR when you check out. Add your thoughts and questions about Wi-Fi security below. My next post will compare security cameras so you can make the best decision for your security system. Thank for reading and as always, stay Alarmingly Brilliant! Scott Zuniga Owner BIGSTAR Smart Home & Security Scott started BIGSTAR in 2015 to give himself and other local Austin, TX musicians a way to earn a living while having the flexibility to write, record and tour their music. Now in its fifth year, BIGSTAR does its best to keep Austin Weird, Wired and Alarmingly Brilliant!