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Mute smart speakers during sensitive conversations

Have an Amazon Alexa, Google Nest Mini or other smart speaker? You probably want to mute it if you join a lot of phone calls or video conferences while at home. This is easy in most cases; for example, the Nest Mini’s mute switch is on the back. While muted, speakers won’t listen for their […]

Use Ethernet if you’re working from home

As work-from-home arrangements become increasingly common, the quality of home internet connectivity is more important than ever. A direct Etherent connection to your router or switch will provide better stability and possibly faster speeds than Wi-Fi – plus it’s immune to certain types of cyberattacks against Wi-Fi security mechanisms. If your laptop lacks a built-in […]

Unplug smart home devices when you’re not using them

If you’re leaving town and won’t be using your smart TV or other devices for several days, disconnect them. This will help not only save energy, but also keep hackers away.

If you work from home, create a separate Wi-Fi network

Remember, when one IoT device becomes compromised in a digital home, all the other devices on that network are also at risk. So if you deal with confidential information for your job, make sure your network is secure and not too crowded. In most cases, you’ll be able to set up a secondary network with […]

Disable the camera and mic on your smart TV

When a hacker gains access to your smart TV, they can spy on you through the camera and listen to your conversations through the microphone. Some hackers might do this to find out when you’re not home so they can rob you or to capture information that can be used for blackmail. Protect yourself against […]

Enable auto-updates for your smart TV

Like mobile devices and laptops, smart TVs are more at-risk of being compromised by hackers if they contain older firmware and applications. That’s why you need to make sure new versions are always installed when they’re available. But it’s hard to remember to do this every time, so enabling auto-updates can be helpful. This option […]