Securing Your Smart Home From Being Hacked

Beware of website defacements, sites that look like familiar pages, but may have slight differences, misspellings, and aren't associated with the url but posturing similar words.

Actions You Can Take To Minimize Risk

“Can a smart home be hacked?” seems to be one of the most commonly asked questions from customers when inquiring about a smart home installation.

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The truth is that anything that is connected to the internet is at risk of being hacked at any time. However, it is up to you and your integrator to create a digital maintenance plan that makes it virtually impossible to hack the brain of your smart home.

There are steps that you can take which are good security practices anyway. These do-it-yourself security measures include regularly changing the password on all of your devices that control the home. Set up double authentication processes with apps that require a login and involve personal information. You should never click on an unfamiliar POP UP advertisement as many of them are riddled with malware and viruses. A good rule of thumb is to use a POP UP blocker and ensure that your firewall is activated. When visiting an unfamiliar website take a look at the url/web address and look for this, https:// instead of just the http. The s indicates that the website uses security and a level of encryption to secure your information as well as theirs.

Beware of website defacements, sites that look like familiar pages but may have slight differences, misspellings, and aren’t associated with the url but posturing similar words.

A prime example is as IRS or FBI warning. Those government entities do not contact you via computer or electronic device. Their method of contact is always by snail mail. Always pay attention to the big ones, warnings from your browser or the security program not to enter a site or download a program. Did you ever see the pop-up warning downloading this program could cause serious and irreparable damage to your computer? Heed that warning because it is there for a resason. The most common mistake is when someone finds a flash drive, memory card, or disc and they put into their computer or device to see what’s in the memory. Those types of external memory could have malware and viruses that are pre-programmed to automatically run when they are inserted. They can hold your computer for ransom, or introduce phishing malware designed to steal your personal information. What’s worse is that you could introduce a potentially dangerous virus on your computer or device and possibly your school or workplace. Use the proper security settings to scan these items before they are allowed to run. Experiments conducted by Virginia Tech students and later MIT, concluded that about 50% of people that find a flash drive will plug it into their computer.


At Smarter Homes of Austin, when a new system is installed we ensure that firewalls are up. The main computer connections are made through a separate line than all other computers and devices in the home. Our server is cloud based and that in itself has its own security system that is extremely advanced. We also take other measures to ensure that you are protected, but those are trade secrets and we’re not able to divulge them. The most sure-fired way to ensure that your smart home system performs its best and stays secure is to enroll in one of our annual maintenance plans. Our maintenance plans are designed to give you critical system updates to ensure that your home automation is secure and delivers optimal performance. Your smart home system can be more secure than many department stores.

A smart home system isn’t as scary as people think as long as we both do our part to keep it secure and in its best operating condition. Call us to make an appointment to take a tour of our model smart home. We will go over every feature and detail with you so that you have a better understanding of how safe and convenient a smart home can be. Our owner, Peter, Sandford, conducts our tours and will be able to answer any questions that you may have. Call to schedule with him today at (512) 785-0032.

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Prewire installation calculations assume you would like your home fully wired for ALL home automation technologies shown throughout the budget calculator, including 'future-ready' wiring. Prewire pricing can vary substantially based on what features you would like in your home. The wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring, not for electrical.
Prewire pricing will vary based on exactly what features you would like in your home. Read this article about the importance of wiring/cabling in today's "wireless" world. Your local Smarter Homes integrator is the best resource for exact prewire pricing. Wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring only, not electrical.
Keep in mind that our modern lifestyle and our home's automation technology systems are extremely reliant on a quality network and Wi-Fi system. Most homes are moving towards enterprise-grade hardware and away from the types of network products you could buy in an office supply store or a consumer computer store. We recommend that all homeowners consider the network and Wi-Fi system to be the most important system and installation within the home.
Higher-quality sound or higher-grade architectural finished speakers can range from $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 PER ROOM
Basic background music system pricing ranges from $1,500.00 to $5,000.00 per room including all equipment, labor, and programming.
Range includes video sources such as AppleTV, a Blu-ray player, satellite receiver, and remotely-locating them for best aesthetics. A basic soundbar is included for better audio.
This is called “video distribution” and reduces the amount of audio/video equipment located at each TV location/room.
A surround sound system creates an immersive sound experience, much like a dedicated home theater room, though in a dual-purpose room such as a Family Room, Master Bedroom, etc. If you would like more than one surround system location, click on the "Add Another Surround System" button below
Typically, homeowners want to see the following areas: front of house, front door, driveway / gate, sides of house, and pool. If you are more concerned about security, you may want to add cameras for the perimeter of your property. Good-quality cameras see about 75 feet of distance on average. The high range of the budget estimate includes higher resolution cameras, better night vision, and longer surveillance recording time.
The installation of a lighting control system reduces wall clutter, allows preset lighting scenes at the push of a button, increases security through programming automation, and adds convenience.
Motorized shades add beauty, convenience, address privacy concerns, and can be used to save energy. If desired, provide your best guess on how many windows/shades you want to motorize. The higher-end of the budget range includes higher-end fabrics, large windows, and dual-roller shades (both sheer and privacy shades on one window).
For example, a house music app, an app to operate your TV, an app for lighting automation, an app for locks, an app for cameras, an app to open close garage doors & gates, etc. Or do you want to control the entire house through a single unified app that controls all the automation systems within the home?
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