Ignoring your security system is a common mistake in home security that can lead to pain and cost you thousands of dollars. This typically involves forgetting the password to your home security system or not paying enough attention to the password, paving the way for hackers in the home security system.
According to The FBI’s report on uniform crime from 2018, 36.7% of the burglaries were illegal or illegal entries. Properly armed and password protected apps for the home security system can prevent such intrusions and protect your home.
Create strong passwords
Passwords are typically the first and most important line of defense against hacking and intrusion.
Here are some important guidelines for creating strong passwords for your home security system app:
- Never use the default username and password. Always change the default information when you get a new security system.
- Avoid using dictionary words, nouns, personal information, foreign words, and common words with numbers at the end.
- Avoid using your nickname or last name.
- Avoid using your address or parts of your address.
- Use long passwords. The longer the password, the more challenging it becomes for hackers to guess. Many homeowners use paraphrases instead of words to create strong passwords. We recommend 8 to 15 characters.
- Use a combination of uppercase, lowercase, special characters and numbers.
- Update the password periodically.
Avoid these 10 most passwords
According to CNN, these are the most predictable and easily hackable passwords of all time:
- 123456, abcdef
- Password 1
- Abc123 or 123abc
- I love you
Therefore, it is best to avoid them. Consider using passwords that are almost impossible to crack (just do not use these exact ones!):
- AN-LyHji * 7 $ R2g
- ft1 @ 2W! B
- h% BF & ^% B9
- B) ^ H + frt’hyt = hx2 ^
Use a reliable password management tool
If you frequently forget your password for the security system, it would be a good idea to invest in a robust and qualified password management tool or password manager. These tools help change and save passwords; you do not have to remember anything.
When looking for a good password management tool, explain to the professional what your exact requirements are. You can choose from a variety of password manager applications and services.
Follow these network guidelines instead of ignoring your security system
If a strong password is important to protect your home’s security system, a reliable network is also critical.
Here are some helpful guidelines to ensure you use a reliable and strong network to support your security system:
- Make sure that both laptops and PCs at home include antimalware and antivirus tools.
- Avoid giving administrative access to all systems unless necessary.
- Protect your WiFi network with a strong password; disable open access.
- Segment the network; create different segments for different systems and purposes. Use virtual LANs (VLANs), virtual private networks (VPNs), separate WiFi channels, and separate physical cable networks to design segments.
Things to keep in mind if you are using a cell phone to access your security system
If you are managing your security system with your mobile phone or tablet, there are some important points to keep in mind:
- First things first you need to protect your mobile phone or tablet with a strong password.
- Do not save passwords on your device. Always select “Require password every time I log in”.
- Have a backup method to manage your security system if your cell phone or tablet does not work.
Contains geofencing technology
These days, you can also find new security solutions on the market that can connect or disconnect your device automatically when you are within range. Specific smart home regulations and notices – such as warning system, lighting and thermostat – can be adopted based on proximity to your home using this technology, known as geofencing.
Geofencing is a technology that uses your current position to initiate actions. When you e.g. When you approach your driveway, your home security system can register your proximity – e.g. Within 100 feet – and unlock the front door for you. This feature is available on today’s high-tech smart home security systems and is very simple to configure. You can select a location, a distance and a range of actions using the system’s free, compatible app. A perimeter or fence around a fixed point is defined by combined distance and position.
On ProTech security, we have a strong history with experience, innovation and customer service. ProTech Security Advantage is more than 35 years of service in Northeast Ohio and a strong commitment to providing quality, cost-effective protection to homes, businesses, educational institutions and public facilities. To see what ProTech Security can do for you, contact us today.