Smart-home features are growing in popularity and have become a feature buyers are seeking. With doors, windows, cameras, doorbells, and even appliances offering accessibility via smartphone, tablet, and computer, there’s also a security issue. While most sellers intend to delete their home apps and move on to their next dream home, what happens if you don’t? How can you protect your home and your family from the previous owner’s access to everything from your locks to your grocery lists?
By Elyse Umlauf-Garneau
Sure, the smart-home features that let you control your house remotely or by voice are hugely convenient.
But all those connected devices that let you open your garage door, unlock doors, turn on lights, and change the temperature, also can compromise your privacy and security when you buy a home.
A recent NBC News report (https://nbcnews.to/2NmiTuj) warns that a home’s previous owner could still have control over all those devices, including cameras inside the house, if you haven’t taken steps to wipe and reset all the data.
When you buy a property, be sure you know about every smart device that’s in the house.
Remove the previous homeowner’s profile and contact information on each one, update the software, and rest the passwords.
If you’re still concerned about privacy, consider buying new thermostats and garage door openers, and replacing smart lightbulbs.