1) DOWNLOAD SECURITY PATCHES
When a company has found a vulnerability in a program – a piece of code that could be exploited by hackers to gain entry into a piece of software – they’ll send out an update to fix the issue. The same protocol is used with smart home devices.
While some devices will automatically download security patches, others will need to be updated manually. It’s not hard to do, says Claudiu Popa, president of Toronto-based Datarisk Canada2. Plug the device into a computer and check for updates
“Set a reminder for yourself to spend an hour or two once a month doing security checks,” Popa says. “Go around to all of your devices and make sure they haven’t suddenly had some big update."