The future belongs to smart devices, so be smart about it

Your home is probably pretty smart already, and it’s getting smarter with every sophisticated device you are buying. But many smart devices lack the security features of your computer, so you need to start thinking about how to secure your smart homes.With the IoT industry projected to be as high as $880 billion by 2021, it’s estimated that 30 to 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet by that time.

Internet-connected devices — from phones to smart thermostats to smart cameras to home lighting systems — are already part of our daily lives. They change the way we interact with our homes. But security researchers have warned that some of them might be more prone to hacking than we would like to believe.

Check out this video for easy tips and tricks to make your smart home safer.

7 comments

  • By SHerry - Reply

    So what do we do to secure ALL of our smart products? You neglected to tell us that part.

  • By Leslie - Reply

    Don’t get it

  • By joho6649@msn.com - Reply

    Agree with first comment what are we supposed to do about it

  • By Peter - Reply

    We DON’T HAVE TO… do that the big multinational companies would like us to do. We are not obliged to set up such devices and still can have locally controlled thermostats, light switches, one way TV and dumb phones (those with a keyboard) they are safe, remove a lot of stress from our lives and dependency to remote organisations willing to sell our details or be pirated (Yahoo…) and force us to update, buy virus protections and have the jobs of the local teenagers moved offshore….
    Think before you buy in; indeed.

  • By Robert - Reply

    Common guys wake & see the light :- Bitdefender Box only $129.99 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By Jim - Reply

    Define “smart”. Like when my programmable thermostat decided to go into lens cleaning mode (blocking any adjustments) when I went to turn down the temperature because my life wasn’t adhering to its schedule? Like the car I rented which self-unlocked due to sensing the “nearby” presence of the key fob even from the room in the hotel? I’m sure others have “better” examples. Why increase our vulnerability for questionable convenience? Peter has a point.

    • By Bogdan Botezatu - Reply

      Totally agree with you. In their current configurations, smart things bring some convenience to the table but cripple security. And it’s OK to try attempt to avoid them IF you have the chance. But the market sets the trend and it seems to be feeding more and more IoT-enabled devices while the legacy appliances and consumer electronics become harder and harder to find. Two or three years from now we won’t have a choice of “traditional” washing machine or fridge – everything will be connected and by that time, we really hope to have an educated, security-aware user base and a mature product to face the challenges posed by these IoT-enabled devices. This is why we’ve started building this kind of content.

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