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Protect Your Smartphone from Hack Attacks

Updated: Monday, July 7 2014, 11:42 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS (Adam Aaro) -- Home security systems have never been more affordable or more versatile. Right now many offer you the ability to essentially control your home from the palm of your hand. But computer security experts warn that can dangerous if you don't take the necessary steps to protect yourself.

"It's becoming standard practice that most people don't get just a plain old home security alarm anymore, they get a home security alarm automation system," said Ryan Boder, President of SuretyCAM

Boder's company sells home security system services in Ohio and surrounding states. One of the services his company offers is "Smart Home Security". Marty Lukasiewicz has one in his home.

"I had an instance where I had a vehicle broken into and some personal information stolen so I wanted to make sure my home was safe," said Lukasiewicz.

Lukasiewicz showed us how he can now control his lights, locks and more all from his smart phone.

But computer security experts, like Matt Curtin of Columbus-based "Interhack", say there are steps people need to take protect themselves if they use their smart phone to control their home security.

"The amount of information someone is able to collect from somebody by virtue of using that phone is astronomical," Curtin said.

Curtin strongly recommends taking these steps if you decide to link your home security system to your phone.

First, password protect your home. It may get tedious, but if you lose your phone or it's stolen, the bad guy will run into a wall trying to get access. Also, don't use the same passwords for everything. Curtin says in his experience that happens too often. The danger is if a hacker gets one of your passwords, they may be able to easily hack into your home security log-in. Finally, make sure encryption is turned on. That way if someone removes the brain of the phone, the information inside it will be scrambled.

Boder also recommends you create a password with home security app the system comes with as a final wall of security. That way even if someone hacks your phone, you're protected.

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