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Making your smart home, a safe home

Google To Buy Smart Thermostat Maker Nest For 3.2 Billion
Posted at 6:00 AM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 10:54:33-04

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Are your smart devices making your home safer? They are known for making life a little easier, but they could be sharing valuable information.

"If you just buy a Nest Thermostat and don't change any settings, you're ripe for hacking," said David Hatter an IT expert.

He says there are simple steps you need to take or you could fall victim to hackers:

  • Change any default passwords and make sure they are complicated so they can't be cracked.
  • Be extra safe and keep your computer used for banking on a separate WiFi network.
  • Consider keeping Alexa out of the bedroom. You can't be certain you're not being overheard.

Before you purchase any smart home devices, do your research. Devices that connect to the internet are easier for hackers to get into than devices that only connect to an app.