Smart Home. Monday , September 03rd , 2018 - 07:09:21 AM
One security company investigated smart home thermostats and found that they were, in fact, hackable. The hackers found that they could peek into users' web history, the times when they were and were not home, and other crucial information that you wouldn't want a hacker to know. A thermostat-based security breach is unlikely since the hacker would have to have to physically enter the building and hook up to the thermostat with a USB cable-unless you bought it secondhand.
Many of these vulnerabilities are impossible to fix because they were built right into the device when developers and engineers neglected to think about cybersecurity. That means that without altering the router they use to connect to the internet, they are completely unprotected from hackers.
At the device level, security can be ensured through taking a closer look at the device set permissions and making sure they're air tight. Similarly, regular firmware updates are of the utmost importance, as they will keep your devices protected against potential vulnerabilities.
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