Smart home devices are flourishing around the country, but security experts say the devices can pose security risks for homeowners. However, there are steps consumers can take to protect a smart home form hackers. Two easy steps are changing the default password for smart home devices, and making sure the new password is strong. If two-factor authentication is available for a device, it should be enabled at all times. This security measure requires hackers to possess more than a username and password to access a system. Experts also recommend changing the default access and administrative passwords on routers as well. Device firmware and companion apps should be kept updated. Finally, if it is possible segmenting a network adds another layer of security. Placing smart-home devices on guest networks separate from home computers can deter hacking. | Read More