Think you have nothing to lose? Think again!
Nowadays, smart gadgets, such as light bulbs, toasters, and sockets have internet connectivity to communicate with us — and each other — making our lives better and more exciting.
However, some smart devices and appliances are not built around security, which means hackers can break into our lives, and pockets, invade our privacy or worse, mess with our hearts.
BBC once reported that a security company was able to hack into a home network by posing as a new bulb joining the system, tricking the other bulbs into giving away the username and password of the network they were connected to.
This basically means that hackers can access your credit card information while you’re shopping online, go through your family photos, or even attack a government website with your smart fridge.
Medical smart devices have also become a reality, with smart pacemakers and insulin pumps becoming mainstream. However, they’re not without risk, as security researchers pointed out. US Vice President Dick Cheney’s cardiologist took his pacemaker offline because of fears that a hacker might take control of it and stop his heart.
But don’t let all this drag you down. There are steps you can take to ensure your smart devices are secure. Just make sure you think about security when you get that new shiny Internet-connected gadget.
Check out this video for easy tips and tricks to make your smart home safer.