HomeKit: The ultimate guide and security tips
HomeKit is Apple’s smart framework designed for home automation. The platform is highly friendly and reliable for those who own iPhone and iPad devices and want to create a smart home system. This is one of the secure and easy to use platform that the iOS users can use and control the device using their phone, app, or iPhone device. In this article, we will take you through a guide on how to set up HomeKit and how to secure the device.
Setting up HomeKit smart home
To begin using HomeKit, you need to have iPhone, iPod, or iPad device and the device should be running on iOS 11 software. If you’re not sure about which software update your phone is running on you can check it in the settings.
When setting up HomeKit, it includes security related questions such as two-factor authentication for your iCloud and Apple ID. The two-factor authentication provides high security that assures you get a security code on any of your secured iOS devices whenever you sign in your Apple ID on another device. Another required step is securing your iCloud Keychain which has cloud-based features secured with passwords and other data. HomeKit keeps your data secured and protected with two-factor authentication.
After completing all the requirements the pre-installed HomeKit device on your iOS device provides a way through which you can control your HomeKit device. When you open the app, the first things you’re asked to do is set a name for your network device, or go with a default name Home. You’re now free to add accessories to your home. Depending on the accessory you want to select you to need to power cycle the accessory to put it in power mode. The pairing process is quite simple and fast which usually takes few seconds or a minute. Any iOS device running on an Apple ID can access all the accessories in your HomeKit.
In concern with security, many experts worry that hackers may be able to get access to the HomeKit device which can be unsafe for the users. Keeping this in mind we have provided a guide to security apps that will help you stay safe from the internet of things (IoT). Although, HomeKit is very reliable and secure, but keep these tips in kind just to be on the safe side.
Check iOS updates regularly
The experts are of the opinion that iOS software is relatively a more secure software than Android and Apple has a good image in this regard. Nothing is up to perfection, there are flaws and bugs in every update which get fixed after every update. Make sure your software is up to date to avoid any inconvenience.
Check privacy settings
Privacy should be your main concern and should not be overlooked at any time. To do this you need to go to Settings> Privacy then scrolls down and tap HomeKit. There you will see the apps wanting access to the HomeKit’s data.
Be careful while sharing access to the network
Once you’ve set up your HomeKit network, you’ll be able to add more users. If you allow them editing privilege they can add more user. You need to be careful and cautious and only allow the access to the people you trust.
Protect linked device and accounts
This was a risk discovered which drew attention to another aspect of home security which said that a hacker doesn’t need to have a physical access to your device to get control of it. They can easily strike through your iPad, iPhone device through Apple account. Therefore, having a HomeKit setup means to secure your device and account with passwords and be careful when you’re letting people borrow your phone.
Henry Spencer is a specialized and certified iOS app designer/ developer currently employed at an iPhone app developers. Henry has been working in the app development field for 5 years and knows how to satisfy his clients regarding when building native apps.