The average home now has 25 internet-connected devices that are used regularly. Smart home devices bring us entertainment, comfort and convenience, but they can also introduce new security risks we may not be aware of.

We like to think of our home as a place of safety, but it’s an uncomfortable truth that just about any smart device can be compromised.

Does that mean you shouldn’t use smart devices at all? No. But it does suggest that you should be selective in the devices you use, and take an active interest in maintaining their security.

Here are a few tips to help minimize threats on your smart home devices:

Secure your Wi-Fi network

Most new routers aren’t immediately secured when you first get them. And, sometimes, they just have a generic password, like “admin.” The first thing to do create a unique strong password. (See our blog on creating strong passwords.)

Make sure you have a secure router

How long have you had your router? An older router will likely still be using older security protocols, which makes it an easier target. We suggest upgrading to a new Wi-Fi 6 router.

Manage your account passwords

You’d be surprised how many people still use generic passwords, like “password,” or “12345678.” Update any weak account or smart home app passwords.

Enable two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication requires a second form of authentication before access is granted. That way, even if someone has managed to get your password, they won’t be able to log into your account without having that additional code.

At Bloomer Telephone Company, we care about keeping you safe and secure when using the internet. If you ever have any questions about your service, give us a call or stop by our office.

Do you have any questions? Call us at 715-568-4830