Setting Home Assistant up for Secure access over the Internet

Setting Home Assistant up for Secure access over the Internet

Lets have a conversation about security when your Home Assistant is opened up so you can access it over the Internet. If you take a look over on the Home Assistant Community forums here there are threads about user’s home assistant instances being hacked with ‘friendly’ hackers who have just changed a few things and left some warnings about their insecure home assistant setups. Traditionally or ‘normally’ external access to your system over the internet means that you would open up some ports on your router so that you can connect over the internet. This would typically mean that you



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How much should a Small Business Web Design Cost?

How much should a Small Business Web Design Cost?

Originally posted 2017-06-27 14:22:33. You only need do a quick search on Google or watch your TV to be inundated with advertisements for all kinds of websites with promises that you can do-it-yourself or have a great site for next-to-nothing. Well that is true! However, as with anything there is often a temptation to go with the cheapest option. You will see websites advertised from between $400-$700, however it is important you understand what you are purchasing as these products always have limitations. These will inevitably be out-of-the-box solutions and you won’t get any consultation or customisation that can be



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How to use a Sonoff Switch with Home Assistant

How to use a Sonoff Switch with Home Assistant

Originally posted 2018-04-21 10:13:41. This tutorial covers the ways to integrate a Sonoff S22 switch into Home Assistant using Sonoff MQTT and flashing Tasmota to replace the supplied Sonoff firmware. I’m going to cover two different methods to get the switch working in Home Assistant. The first just uses the S22 as it comes out-of-the-box. The second requires flashing Tasmota onto the switch and setting up MQTT in Home Assistant. Honestly sometimes it seems MQTT is build up as the greatest thing and it is useful however depending on what you want to achievt, it’s not necessarily the best option.



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Automations with Home Assistant

Automations with Home Assistant

Originally posted 2018-03-23 12:28:35. In a previous article, I blogged about Integrating Google Home with Home Assistant. In that article I made a connection between doing this and setting up automations which is incorrect. So in this article, I want to correct the record and make the correct case for automations. So what’s wrong with doing it like this? Well these automations will ‘work’ in that if you click on the text and click on trigger, they will turn the light on or off then and there. But how is that better than just clicking the on/off toggle on the



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Two Factor Authentication (2FA)

Two Factor Authentication (2FA)

Originally posted 2017-09-06 11:37:44. In the last couple of years many online services have started offering two factor authentication (2FA). DEW IT & Web Services in Kariong can help you set this up to protect yourself. Even if you are hit with a phishing attack, you will be protected as the hacker will not have the needed key to access your account. We strongly recommend that wherever possible you use this additional layer of security to protect your online accounts. What 2FA does it in addition to entering a username and a password to access a site (like your online



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