Building owners and end customers

Data protection
and data security
in the smart home

A smart home offers many advantages. Intelligent building technology provides a particular degree of convenience, security and enhanced energy efficiency for living and working. Networking the whole home automates processes. An extremely wide variety of devices and functions can be integrated and set up exactly according to the occupants’ and users’ requirements.

However, precisely due to comprehensive networking and individual adaptation to user behaviour, personal data protection and technical data security are particularly important topics that must be handled appropriately. This applies to all the network devices and servers used in a smart home. Networked devices can constantly exchange signals and data. This traffic must be protected against unauthorised viewing and access. This is because sensitive, personal data – like the number of residents, the times they are at home and away, user behaviour and often camera images of people – is always involved in a network in and around a building. The system itself, as well as the login data, must also be protected against unauthorised access and manipulation.

Reliable protection is possible. Read the following recommendations.

Our recommendations for your security

Following a few basic rules already goes a long way towards securing your digital building technology. Professional installation by an expert is crucial. Privacy protection should also be part of your contractual agreements with the specialised installation company. Using secure passwords and regular software updates should be a matter of course too. You should also use a firewall to protect your network from unauthorised access. Read our recommendations here about how you can safeguard your smart home for complete peace of mind. We have compiled the following points as a checklist for you to download. You can go through the list with your electrician and discuss the implementation of specific points.

Use contracts to protect your privacy

Smart homes invariably involve personal information, as the network contains personal data like times of occupancy and individual user behaviour, often including camera images. This is sensitive data that is in need of protection and may become accessible to those working on the network. Be sure to have your service provider sign an agreement to protect your privacy.

Set up a multi-functional security concept

For comprehensive security, it is not enough for individual security elements to be installed on various components. In the smart home with its networked, interacting devices, a multi-functional and thus consistent security concept without any gaps must be implemented. This is because the entire system is only as strong as its weakest link.

Ensure professional installation

Careful, professional installation is a basic prerequisite for a reliable network in the smart home. Enlist the help of a trusted specialist dealer and ask him specifically about the subject of security. He will gladly give advice and work with you to turn your secure and convenient smart home into a reality.

Use secure passwords

Whether you're on the computer, on your smartphone or in the smart home, strong passwords are vital for data protection. Never use the default passwords on the devices. Instead, change them immediately. New passwords should be sufficiently long and also include special characters if possible. It is also advisable to change passwords on a regular basis for your security.

Protect networks carefully

Protect your network with a firewall so that no third parties can read your data and signals, or even log into the system. If possible, also set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN). In this type of network, connections to the smart home from outside are protected by a virtual tunnel, which prevents third parties from viewing or accessing confidential data.

Carry out regular updates

It is important for your security that the technology is always up-to-date. This is because security requirements can change, and Gira regularly revises and improves device and system software to reflect these changes. Carry out regular updates on all devices. This way, you prevent unnecessary security gaps.

Protect wireless networks carefully

Wireless networks can also be well protected. However, this requires certain higher security standards. Find out about the WPA2 encryption method so that you can use it accordingly. If necessary, seek the help of an expert. Always keep your knowledge up to date. Your specialist dealer will gladly help you.

Find data protection and data security experts near you

These are companies that have particular expertise in consulting, project planning and the commissioning of IP products for building control technology and are familiar with the latest security standards for networks in the smart home. We would be happy to recommend an expert in your area to consult with you in detail on how to improve the security of your intelligent building technology even more. Use our search function.

Building owners and end customers


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