Keeping Your Protect America Security System Safe from Hackers
If your Protect America Security equipment package includes smart home devices, such as a Protect America Camera or thermostat, you should be advised that extra precautions should be taken to protect your WiFi networks. The convenience of having a smart home that can be managed by your protect America App is wonderful. However, it can also create weak links that can be exploited by hackers.

Research the Device
If you are planning to add 3rd party smart home devices to your Protect America Home Security System, it is important to follow recommended guidelines to minimize the chances of being hacked. First, it is best to purchase equipment from reputable smart device manufacturers. They are more likely to incorporate encrypted signals and require password protection, one or two-step authentication and offer frequent over the air firmware and security updates.

Register the Equipment

It’s important to register each device. This will accomplish a couple of things:
1. Activate the warranty and
2. qualify you for receiving any firmware updates.

Pay Attention to Passwords
Make sure that you change the default passwords. Try to use different combinations of letters, cases, numbers, and symbols.
In addition, it is best to set up unique passwords for each smart device. This prevents a hacker from gaining access to all your sensitive accounts if the password for one is discovered.

Make Sure Your Wi-Fi Network is Secure
To keep your Protect America security system safe, you need to secure the entire home network. Changing the name of the network and the default password is a good place to start. Use a network name that doesn’t include your address or any personal details.

Consider Professional Installation
While the basics of the DIY system install are pretty straight forward, you might want to get professional help to enhance your network security.
An expert technician can help if you have questions with the Protect America App or setting up storage parameters for a Protect America Camera.

Reset to Factory Default Settings
Before you dispose of, sell or give away any of your Protect America Home Security System smart devices, make sure to remove all of your data.

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