In recent years, the proliferation of electronic locks has led to an increase in cyber crime being employed by criminals to gain access into electronically protected homes. This is a step above the stereotype of a crowbar wielding thief breaking into a home – and the peace of mind of homeowners and consumers who have hooked up 24/7 camera feeds into their homes might have been somewhat prematurely won, since cyber criminals have discovered ways to hack into consumer grade home surveillance systems.
All technology has it’s weaknesses
In 2016, even the most technically advanced and novel technology isn’t completely hacker proof. The highest end gear, from Apple to Tesla have all been proven to be hackable by expert cyber criminals. This offers an almost dystopian horror story for consumers – different possibilities emerge, from criminals tracking when you’re absent from home by hacking into security cameras, to hooligans hacking into intercoms and baby-monitoring systems to spit harassment and profanities in the name of a good prank.
Are all homeowners vulnerable?
This question addresses the common concern; if expensive, electronic equipment can’t keep my family safe, what’s the point in buying it? The truth is that property owners need to take extra steps to protect their livelihoods. This comes in multiple parts. First of all, it’s important to protect security gadgets from being able to be accessed by hackers – many industry experts suggest keeping them off the internet at all – which doesn’t always work with the directions attached with these devices. Other experts advice to set up home security systems tailor made for the needs of your household. By crafting an expert security plan – with layers, and blends of electronic and analogue lock-based security, even the most seasoned hacker might have trouble breaking into your home. In terms of electronic safety measures, it’s important to regularly change all passwords, and creating complex passwords with variations of numbers letters, capitals, and expressions – this exponentially increases security. At this moment in time, as manufacturers of electronic security hardware wage a battle to create a device impervious to hackers and consumer testers, a combination of analog and electronic security – in multiple layers, offers the best solution for those trying to keep their homes as safe as possible.