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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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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Integrating Google Home with Limitless LED Lights Part 1

Integrating Google Home with Limitless LED Lights Part 1

Originally posted 2017-09-22 12:07:35. Home Automation The next logical step with Home Automation and my Google Home is to integrate some LED lights so I started doing some research and came across the Limitless LED lights. As it turns out, I didn’t look far enough and ended up with a few challenges getting everything working. Even posting on and searching forums I found that there was so much assumed knowledge and jargon that it was difficult to get to where I needed to be. So this post chronicles my journey into Home Automation nirvana (for now and for LED Lights



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Google Home integration with Home Assistant Update

Google Home integration with Home Assistant Update

Originally posted 2017-11-27 15:06:32. Further to my earlier articles in this series about integrating Google Home with Home Assistant I have made a few changes to my configuration. You might remember that I used the all-in-one setup of Home Assistant for Raspberry Pi. There are (were) 3 different ways of setting up Home Assistant on a Raspberry Pi – the all-in-one method as it turns out was probably the original way and wouldn’t you know it, the month after I set it all up it was ‘depreciated’ and no longer supported for new installations although existing installations can continue to



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Integrating Google Home with Limitless LED Lights Part 2

Integrating Google Home with Limitless LED Lights Part 2

Originally posted 2017-09-22 13:24:52. Home Automation This is Part 2 of our Home Automation article following on from Part 1 here. Home assistant allows you to use a URL as a command to trigger actions. This can be either on your home network or on the Internet. So the next step we need to follow is to get a Web command from a browser to trigger our Home Assistant and turn our lights on or off. This is more complicated than it sounds but paradoxically easier as well. A couple of things we need to bear in mind. First, to



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