Jeff Lucas, Senior Director of Technology Solutions at High Touch Technologies, was recently featured in an article by KWCH discussing cybersecurity best practices and the rise of smart devices in our homes.
Smart speakers and home assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa have access to your data, synced devices, and applications. Similar to hacking your computer and stealing sensitive data, the devices give malicious users an additional avenue to rob you of your personal information.
By default, many of these devices only recommend the most basic security settings. “It is important that as you set them up, don’t just ‘yes, yes, yes continue, continue’ and drive through it, because they may be setting up those things to share more of your data than you want,” Jeff says. He recommends reading through the manual that comes with the devices and researching online consumer blogs to learn from other users’ experiences.
“Also, make sure your device has a strong password, the more random the better,” Jeff says. The strongest passwords are 12-15 characters long. They also contain special characters, numbers, and capital letters. Jeff also encourages not putting the capital letter at the beginning and the number or special character at the end.
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