Privacy the Number One Concern for the Smart Home

Privacy the Number One Concern for the Smart Home

 

Smart Homes is one of the fastest growing categories of new technology

 

Privacy tops the list of consumer smart home concerns over cost or installation.

 

IoT devices are rapidly applying connectivity to everyday appliances and home features. As devices proliferate in our homes, we need to consider the privacy issues. 

 

IoT introduces security risks and privacy concerns as we embrace smart technology in our everyday home life.

 

Internet connected conveniences you didn’t know you needed.

 

Samsung pledges to make all products IoT ready by 2020 (https://internetofbusiness.com/samsung-looks-make-products-iot-ready-2020/)

 

Cybercriminals are finding they can use connected devices as pathways into your home network to steal your data.

 

Basically, and device that internet enabled is vulnerable if the right security measures aren’t in place. This includes:

 

  1. Smart Thermostats
  2. Smart Locks
  3. Gaming Consoles
  4. Digital Assistants

 

Concern about always-on devices that are constantly listening such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. However, you can take some comfort knowing that you still have to say the trigger word, “Alexa” or “OK Google” before the devices will begin recording. Additionally, Google and Amazon will let you to view and delete your voice history if you want (https://venturebeat.com/2019/04/16/how-to-prevent-alexa-cortana-siri-google-assistant-and-bixby-from-recording-you/)

 

Companies can use the data the obtain to personalize experiences.

 

Regardless, consumers so far seem to be welcoming these devices. IDC projects that 1.3 billion smart devices will ship worldwide in 2022, doubling where we are today.

 

Higher end devices almost always have better security protocols. 

 

Tips for building your smart home with IoT devices:

  1. Don’t connect it if you don’t need to
  2. Separate Wi-Fi network for IoT devices
  3. Use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) when it’s available on the device
  4. Always update devices and apply patches

 

If you take reasonable security steps with your smart home network and IoT devices, you can implement a secure smart home without being vulnerable to cyber criminals.

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