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Guide to Securing a Smart Home

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SELLERS
1.  Make a list of all smart devices that will stay after the sale, including locks, lighting, thermostats, alarms, streaming video players, modems and Wi-Fi repeaters.
2.  Immediately before closing, reset all devices to factory defaults to wipe away email addresses, credit card numbers and other personal data.
3.  If a device is tied to a personal email, create a free, generic email address (ex. 101YOURSTREET@gmail.com) and connect the device to that.
4.  At closing, pass the generic email address and other smart home codes to buyers.
 
BUYERS
1.  Ask sellers for manuals and manufacturer contact information for all smart devices.
2.  Notify manufacturers of change of ownership & provide new contact information so they can send you updates and security patches.
3.  Update all devices to the latest security software and firmware.
4.  Change passwords and user names of the devices.
5.  Change access codes for door locks, gates & garage door openers.
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