Top Hidden Dangers of Your Smart Home (and How to Stay Safe)

Our homes are filled with smart tech these days: you may love the convenience of spotting packages from video doorbells or asking Siri how many fluid ounces are in a cup (it’s eight!).

But in return for convenience, you have to make some trades, including your contact information.

And if things go wrong, privacy quickly goes out the window. But let’s look beyond scary headlines and check what you can do to keep your home smart and safe. For example:

  • At-risk smart devices get hacked more easily, so always use an encrypted Wi-Fi network with a strong password.
  • Voice assistants hold onto your voice recordings, so ensure your assistant is appropriately forgetful with a simple setting check.
  • Devices like cams can spy on you, so find the mute button and camera shutter on your smart speakers, cams and displays. You can then ensure your privacy whenever you want with the touch of a button.

Here's an explanation of smart home safety checks you should perform if you have smart devices in your home.