Buying or selling a connected home?

Cyber-hygiene tips for a smooth transition


Buying or selling a home is an exciting and busy time. Before you move in or out, make sure you practice good cyber hygiene. If the home contains “smart” devices, you'll want to make sure those devices are properly transferred to the new owner and that all personal information is deleted from memory.


What are smart devices?

These are devices that can be accessed remotely by a mobile device, or that communicate with the Internet or other networks such as:

  • Security systems or cameras
  • Remotely controlled garage doors, lighting, thermostats
  • Smart plugs
  • Keyless door locks
  • Smart doorbells
  • Sprinkler or water filtration systems
  • Appliances

Important information

Many devices require passwords. Most store at least some personal information which you want to take with you when you move.   If you're buying a smart home, make sure you have all the information you need to access the devices when you move in.  You may need to formally transfer ownership to your name to have full functionality of the device, so don't forget about that during the closing!

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