Smart Home. Friday , August 31st , 2018 - 07:05:25 AM
Automating your lights can slash a huge portion of your electricity bill. Pair them with sensors, dimmers and wireless control and you'll be able to save even more. You can set your lights to turn on and off, depending on your personal schedule or, add motion sensors, so you won't waste energy. You can even use your smartphone to control the brightness, color as well as the ambiance of your home. If your smart phone isn't enough, you can install a smart device that can notify you when you have left your lights on. Apart from the alerts, this device can also give you an estimate of how much energy your home has already consumed.
However, there is another, more present danger. Smart devices will help hackers become more successful at hacking other targets. A common tactic of hackers is to add malicious code to a website that will invite itself into your device and invisibly enslave it to work for a "botnet," which is a connected network of devices all working to hack something else. Internet of Things devices would be a perfect target, since they're seldom disconnected from the internet and their security is rarely considered.
New technologies that allow users to control important home devices, such as appliances and security systems, from their phones also give creative hackers plenty of opportunity to hijack and glean information from these "smart" devices. It sounds like the plot of a science fiction movie (and in fact, it has been) but these devices have surprisingly few security features and can give over a shocking amount of information and control to those who might wish to do their users harm.
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