It is an unfortunate truth that any system that utilizes the internet for communication has the potential to be tapped into. This goes for our Bluetooth speaker systems, our home security systems, and our smartphones. With advances in technology comes a higher chance of lines being crossed, both in the sense that communication and video can be intercepted, but also in the sense that people may have access to information and things that you would prefer to stay private.
Despite these risks, there are positive aspects to having access to information via the internet. If an emergency happens, or any kind of crime, utilizing information from smart systems can be helpful. In government and criminal cases, when evidence is needed as part of a case, surveillance video, recorded audio, entry and exit through a door system and other smart integration information can be seized and examined.
It is still highly beneficial to have a home integration system. From HVAC to security cameras to a door and window security locking system, you want your house to be protected and include smart technology despite the possibility of information loss.
For your Lake Arrowhead home or rental security and home integration system, Valor of the Lake Alarms, Inc. can help you make sure you are safe and protected. Our home and vacation property teams can work with you to ensure that you and your family are safe while teaching you how to best protect your internet-based information and footage.
What Systems Should You Be Concerned About?
The most controversial smart home integration systems are related to your doorbell and surveillance cameras. Ring owners may already be aware of issues in countries outside of the US that are in the media for allowing team members to view and flag certain users’ accounts and view their activity publicly. In addition, Nest users in California had a breach in security in which a hacker was able to watch them through their Nest system and speak to them throughout their house. These cases may cause alarm, but there are ways to prevent them.
As tech capabilities increase, so will the potential risks and more sinister uses. Home camera systems that allow homeowners to watch from their smartphones or laptops when away poise the risk of security breaches at the get-go.
Protect your information and the security of your home by doing the following:
- Share footage only when truly necessary. Do not broadcast on social media that you have security cameras or where they are located.
- Use difficult to break passwords and change them regularly.
- Utilize router security features and password protection.
- Turn off remote access to your router.
- Set up two-factor identification.
- Delete old footage. (This may require you to reset the settings in your systems, as many of the security systems will save data for 5 to 14 days.)
- Be aware of the dangers of facial recognition and how it may be used later.
The better educated you are with regard to security risks and smart home integration, the more you will feel comfortable using them in your home or vacation rental. Government use of smart home integration technology, as well as other smart systems such as Alexa or OK Google, is inevitable. It is up to you to protect your information and to utilize the system in ways that you are not compromising your comfort and privacy.
Speak with the Lake Arrowhead home integration professional at Valor of the Lake Alarms, Inc. to discuss how to best use a smart security system and what to do to protect yourself.