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How To Protect Your Smart Thermostat From Hackers
When it comes to your home's heating and cooling system, one of the newest breakthroughs is the smart thermostat. This allows you to control your thermostat from the convenience of your smartphone anywhere you have service. While these items are super convenient, they do open the possibility of hackers getting into your system.
Why Does It Matter?
One of the first questions that many smart thermostat users think about when it comes to the security of their system is why do they really need to bother. It's not like you're putting your banking information into your smart thermostat, so why take all these extra measures to protect it? The reality is that smart thermostats allow hackers to learn your schedule.
They can learn when you're going to be at home and when you're away. They can even determine what time you go to sleep based on the changes in your thermostat schedule. When hackers know you're not going to be home, they're going to be more likely to break into your house at that time. Here are some tips to avoid having your home’s smart thermostat hacked.
Don’t Keep The Default Login
Each new smart thermostat that is installed comes with a default login. After logging in for the first time, it's highly advisable that you change these default login settings. You should make the settings more unique to protect access to your thermostat.
Use Multi-Factor Authentication
When setting up a new username and login password, you should consider opting for multi-factor authentication. Many new smart thermostats offer multi-factor authentication to help protect your device even further. This works in two different steps. First, you login using your chosen email and password. Then, the thermostat software will send a unique and temporary password to your phone or email.
You'll have to enter in this unique password before you can login to your account fully. This means that if a hacker obtained your username and password, they're still unable to log into your smart thermostat account as it's protected by the unique password requirement.
Just as your computer software requires regular updates, so does your smart thermostat. It's a good idea to log in once a month and update the software for your thermostat. Unfortunately, most smart thermostats do update automatically yet. This requires you to take the initiative and do it manually.
Install Malware Protection
Another necessity to ensure that your smart thermostat stays out of the hands of hackers is to install malware protection on your mobile devices. Any device that you access your smart thermostat from should have this malware protection on it.
Call Our HVAC Professionals Today
If you're ready to make the investment of having a smart thermostat installed in your home, it's time to give us a call. Let our HVAC professionals make recommendations about the best smart thermostats out there to meet your needs and the best ways to protect your privacy.