Keep your security devices as safe as possible
Secure Ring camera- If you’re the owner of a Ring smart home system, the recent security issues surrounding the Ring camera — including several families whose systems were hacked and a recent report from Motherboard demonstrating how easy it is to do — probably make you a bit nervous, rightfully so. The idea that the cameras that you installed in your home to increase security may actually give strangers access to you, your children, and your home is extremely unsettling.
It may be some comfort for current owners to know that it isn’t the hardware or the software itself that is being hacked. It’s you — or, in other words, the methods you use to password-protect and otherwise ensure that your account cannot be used by anyone other than yourself or your family.
Many of us have acquired rather lazy habits as far as app security is concerned. We use the same password for several accounts, settle for easily guessed passwords, or skip on using updated security methods such as two-factor authentication (2FA). But when you’re dealing with something as important as personal security, it’s wise to take no chances.
One of the first things to do is make sure you’re using a unique password for your Ring devices. It’s easy enough to find numerous instances where various services have been hacked and their lists of passwords taken. That’s why it’s not a good idea to use the same password for your smart home system as you are for, say, your music account. A handy tool to use — both to track all of your passwords and to generate complex new ones — is a password manager.