5 tips to make your smart alarm system hackerproof

A lot of Belgians nowadays have a smart alarm system to protect themselves against burglaries. But what do you do with ‘digital burglars’, the hackers who try to crack your alarm system via the internet? These five tips will help you outsmart them as well.

A smart alarmsysteem usually consists of a few parts: a few motion sensors, a camera and a sound alarm, for example. The devices are connected to the internet. And that’s why it’s not inconceivable that hackers or burglars can ‘crack’ them.

For example, thieves could use jammers to disrupt the communication between the sensors and the central unit of the alarm. Hackers could also take control of the system if the network is not secure, or if the user does not change the default password.

But is the average burglar really such a computer genius? Usually not, says Cédric Le Blévennec, Director Business Development & Innovation at Securitas. “Most burglars primarily try to physically damage sensors or detectors and therefore do not use sophisticated methods. But jammers are relatively easy to obtain via the Internet. However, a good wireless alarm system can withstand both dangers”.

Still, it’s not a bad idea to secure your alarm system against ‘digital burglars’. Le Blévennec gives five more tips for a safe alarm system.
1. Choose for quality

Select only devices that have an ‘EN 50131’ certificate. This is the European standard for alarm systems and is the guarantee that you have a solid product.
2. Check your connection

Verify that the components emit radio waves over multiple frequencies and use secure protocols. This significantly reduces the risk of jamming the signals. You will find this information in the specifications of the components.
3. Mobile network

Check whether the central unit of your alarm system is connected to the central platform via wifi or a mobile network. Installations that only work via a wifi signal can be avoided.
4. Never run out of batteries unnoticed

Check that your alarm system control unit automatically checks each component and notifies you in the event of problems. Think of flat batteries, signal loss, a detector that was taken off the wall, an open window, and so on.
5. To be sure of a cable

Not everything has to be wireless. Go for a cable connection between the central unit and the modem. This will limit interruptions between the two most important parts of the system from sds.