One major advantage of Home Assistant is that it is not dependent on cloud services. Even if you are 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:

  • Centralize sensitive data in secrets (but do remember to back them up)
    • Note: Storing secrets in secrets.yaml does not encrypt them.
  • Regularly keep the system up to date

Remote Access

If you want secure remote access, the easiest option is to use Home Assistant cloud by which you also support the founders of Home Assistant.

Another option is to use TLS/SSL via the add-on Duck DNS integrating Let’s Encrypt.

To expose your instance to the internet, use a VPN, or an SSH tunnel. Make sure to expose the used port in your router.

Extras for manual installations

Besides the above we advise that you consider the following to improve security: