Sylvie Paul. Smart Home. May 13th , 2018.
What are your DIY strengths, plumbing, electrical, networking (internet, wireless, bluetooth) and what is your overall objective? Are you interested in a Smart Home with Smart Appliances and systems that give you updates, keep track of your utilities, food, turn on TVs and stereos at certain times, touch screens that allow you to program lighting or interactive features around the house. Remote access via an app or the internet, security monitoring with cameras or just occupancy sensors, or any alarm features that you might want for peace of mind. With all that in mind take a look around your house and start to put together an idea of what you want to accomplish in achieving your Smart Home ideas. Prioritize what you want to do first and whether or not you can do it yourself.
Some will argue that smart device security is unnecessary, since smart homes are unlikely targets for hackers compared to large databases of personal information, but that doesn't mean hackers aren't going to try to succeed. As addressed above, they already have. The devices may not hold large stores of information like the more common targets of bank or hospital databases, but they are a prime target for hackers or stalkers who want to infiltrate the home and life of a particular person. Celebrities and public figures will be particularly vulnerable, and the danger will only increase further once smart home devices become more mainstream.
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.
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