You’ve seen the videos showcasing automated ‘homes of the future” where lights, garage doors, refrigerators, security systems and more are all controlled by simple voice commands. Heck, you may already be using Amazon Echo, Google Now, or some other smart device to integrate with your home.

But have you ever stopped to think what could go wrong?  Probably more than you imagined.  Hackers could potentially spy on you to look for sensitive data, or use a network of compromised devices to launch an attack that takes down a website. Yikes!

What can/should you do if you’re considering stepping into the future and purchasing a smart home device? The New York Times checked in with security experts to find their best tips for home accessories and appliances. Here Is How to Fend Off a Hijacking of Home Devices.