Smart homes have revolutionized the ways in which we can save energy and live comfortably. However, they also expose your home to electronic attacks. If you’ve installed any smart systems in your El Paso, Texas, home, like a Wi-Fi thermostat, use these tips to keep yourself safe:

Secure Your Network

Having a secure, password-protected Wi-Fi network is one of the best ways you can protect your hardware. Get rid of the old Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) protocol and make sure you’re running on a Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol instead. This way, hackers will have a harder time trying to break into your systems. Additionally, choose a strong and complex password that uses a combination of letters and numbers.

Update Your Smart Products

Smart product manufacturers are constantly tweaking their systems to keep them safe from hackers. This means they might release system updates every so often with new fixes and patches. In many cases, your smart devices won’t update automatically. Therefore, it’s up to you to manually search for updates on each one of your smart products, whether it’s a smart thermostat or smart refrigerator. If an update is available, you can usually find it by looking in the device’s system settings.

Install a Security Device

Don’t feel safe with the above tips? Take things a step further by installing a security device in place of your existing router. These devices monitor all incoming and outgoing traffic, making sure no unexpected intruders can hack their way into your system. If that sounds too complex, a good antivirus program on your computer and smartphone can also help detect issues before they become major problems.

If you haven’t yet taken advantage of smart home technology, now’s your chance. The Home Systems Heating & Cooling offers a number of connected controls and thermsostats your HVAC system. To learn more about how we can help you step into the future, call us today at (915) 858-4141.

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