Security and vulnerability of your smart health home: you can do it yourself
We have recently seen a lot of news about the smart health home security and vulnerability of smart health home products. Many products would be easy to hacking are and networks are often not safe. Yet it is not as simple as some messages show and you can do a few things yourself to make your smart health home safer and less vulnerable. We give a number of tips.
Know what you are buying and from whom
First of all, it is important that you know exactly what you are buying and which company is behind the product. A white-label product from a Chinese manufacturer is often more vulnerable than a well-known A-brand product. Not only because the company behind the product has a reputation to uphold, but also because it is more likely that this company will continue to offer support after the product has been sold. For example, Philips immediately released an update when it became known that the Hue lamps were relatively easy to hack. Look at experiences with the products and the support offered by the manufacturer. If you are not sure whether a product receives regular updates, search the internet for updates about updates or check the manufacturer’s website to see if an update list (changelog) is available.
Where is your data stored?
Many smart health health home products connect to a server of the company behind the products. This is to save data and / or perform actions after analyzing the data. A smart health health home product that makes extensive use of this is the smart camera. Many companies have the ehealth data stored on a server. To guarantee security, it is important that this data is stored securely (with encryption) and that only you can access it. So make sure you know who can handle this data, how they are protected (with only a password or also encryption?) And what guarantees the manufacturer gives about access and security.
Secure your own network
Although many smart health health home products communicate with the outside world via the internet, the security of your smart health health home naturally begins with the security of your own network. Make sure your health home network is in good condition and not easily accessible to people from outside. That of course starts with the correct settings of your router, including a password with WPA2 security. But there is much more you can do to make your network (and therefore smart health health home products) less vulnerable. You can read more about this in our article the basis of every smart health health home.
Passwords; make them as difficult as possible
Many smart health health home products are protected with a password, especially when they are accessible via an account (with app or other interface). It is very easy and fast to use the same password for everything, but it is not smart. It is therefore wise to create a separate password for each service and product and also to choose an advanced password. If you use dozens of services and products, it becomes difficult to remember everything, but services are like that Last pass called in life. These services store all your passwords in a “secure vault” and enter them automatically when you need them.
Check for updates
This does not only apply to smart health health home products but to all products that are smart health connected to the internet; regularly check if updates are available. Usually, updates are shown as a notification on your smartphone or computer, but sometimes you have to follow it yourself. Make sure you check every few months whether an update is available for your smart health health home products. This is often possible via the website of the manufacturer, but also in the corresponding apps you can often check whether the software of the app and the linked products is up-to-date.
You can read more tips and advice in our tips section.
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