In 2016 Amazon Alexa joined Apple Siri in the voice activated market and new devices are constantly being introduced to the market - like smart TVs, games consoles and smart appliances. Voice activation is a quick and easy way to access information, music, videos etc. without the need to stop what you are doing, but in order for them to work effectively they are permanently switched ‘on’. Increasingly experts have recognised that if information can be downloaded, then information can be taken up too, so they not only capture your commands, but all spoken words too!
With the availability of wi-fi, we have more connected to the home network than ever before - laptops, gaming consoles, TVs, phones, tablets, CCTV, lighting control, thermostats like Nest, all access the wireless network and are capable of being hacked!
A robust, reliable network is a must in any home; this will require the installation of a router and some strategically placed wireless access points (network boosters) to support connectivity throughout the home. As a “Big Dog’ installer, Intelligent Abodes, are approved to supply and integrate Ruckus wireless access points. What I particularly like about it, is that it not only do Ruckus offer ‘best in class’ performance, creating a mesh which allows signal steering to give better connectivity where it is needed, but it has the highest level of security available, protecting your home from unwanted users or interest.
Karen Chugg, from Intelligent Abodes, comments ‘One of the biggest problems we encounter is that clients purchase an item, but forget to regularly update the firmware, this not only leads to performance issues, but is can affect the quality of security’. Technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated, so we need to be vigilant and update regularly or have a maintenance plan in place to ensure it is running with the latest updates and security patches.
We also set up VPNs (Virtual Private Network) for our clients so that they have the ability to securely connect to home devices remotely. VPNs allow you to encrypt the information going to and from your devices, so that you can create a private connection between you and your home network. This means you can check cameras, temperature, adjust curtains/blinds, lighting without worrying that someone else can do the same thing!
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