One major advantage of Home Assistant is that it’s not dependent on cloud services. Even if you’re only using Home Assistant on a local network, you should take steps to secure your instance.


Here’s the summary of what you must do to secure your Home Assistant system:

  • Configure secrets (but do remember to back them up)
  • Regularly keep the system up to date

Remote Access

If you want secure remote access, the easiest option is to use Home Assistant cloud. Other options are to use TLS/SSL to expose your instance to the internet, use a VPN, Tor or an SSH tunnel.

Extras for manual installations

As well as the above we advise that you consider the following to improve security: