Potential targets of attack
Before we turn to the protective measures of Homematic IP, it is important to understand how a smart home is fundamentally structured. A smart home includes networked components such as wall switches, window and door contacts and switch actuators that communicate wirelessly with an access point. The access point is in turn connected to the router via LAN or WLAN. The router regulates communication with other devices in the home network and, if necessary, establishes the connection to the internet.
This means that hackers have three targets of attack:
- The connection between the components and the central control system.
- The home network in which the central control system is located.
- Or hackers attempt to access the smart home via the internet.
Homematic IP uses yet another security measure for wireless communication, which is sometimes absent even in high-quality alarm systems: The system immediately informs the residents if it detects a jammer. So it's no use if an intruder tries to stop the radio communication and break into the house unnoticed.
However, even penetration of the WLAN does not yet pose a danger to a Homematic IP smart home. Communication between the Homematic IP access point and the router is also secure within the home network. The same applies to the connection to the internet that Homematic IP uses for control via a smartphone and communication with the cloud servers in Germany.
No personal data
Even in the unlikely event that a hacker gains access to Homematic IP via the internet, the risk is low. With Homematic IP, data protection has top priority. That's why not only are all servers located in Germany, you also use them entirely without registering: There's no need to enter an e-mail address, name or telephone number - setting it apart from most other smart home solutions.
Even with the door lock drive, unlike many other providers and to the benefit of security, Homematic IP refrains from locating the residents' location via smartphone. Only the IP address is stored by Homematic IP for technical reasons - encrypted, of course. That means: Even if a hacker gains access to the smart home, he doesn't know exactly where it is and who owns it.
Security first and foremost: Homematic IP devices communicate with each other exclusively in encrypted form. This means that no-one can penetrate the system.
Continuous security test
To guarantee optimum security, Homematic IP is continuously tested by independent testing institutes. The renowned VDE Institute (Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies) has certified Homematic IP for the fifth time for its especially high protocol, IT and data security. The independent testing institute AV-Test also certifies Homematic IP a "high level of security in all relevant areas of communication and privacy".
Regular testing: The independent testing institute AV-Test has once again confirmed the security of Homematic IP.
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