Smart Home. Wednesday , August 01st , 2018 - 16:30:56 PM
Smart home has been an interesting topic of writing for several years, but was implemented practically in the early 20th Century with the introduction of electricity into the home, and the rapid advancement of information technology. In the late 1800s, remote control devices began to emerge. For example, in 1898 Nikola Tesla gave an idea of making the vessels and vehiclescontrollable by remote control. Electrical home appliances came into picture between 1915 and 1920. During the World's Fairs of the 1930s, ideas similar to smart home systems were originated. In 1966 Jim Sutherland, an engineer working for Westinghouse Electric, developed a home automation system called "ECHO IV" which was a private project and never commercialized. During 1960's, American hobbyists built first "wired homes". The term "smart house" was first coined by the American Association of House-builders in 1984. Despite interest in smart home technology, by the end of the 1990s there was not a widespread uptake - with such systems and were still considered the sphere of techno-savvy or the rich.
So what are the security experts at these companies doing? The creators who make these smart devices are only taking into account the accusations of data harvesting and surveillance they might face. Right now, companies avoid the accusation that they are collecting personal data via devices by using only server-side privacy measures to protect users. It's well-meaning, but incomplete. It leaves the device itself totally open to tampering.
There's nothing wrong with using smart home technology to help users manage their homes and their lives more efficiently, but it is irresponsible of companies to leave such a gaping security flaw in their products, and their consumers deserve to be aware of the true hacking dangers of the products they're buying and bringing into their homes.
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