Over the next 5 years we will see a huge transition in our home life as smart devices will start to replace our Stone Age appliances. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development forecasted that by 2022 every household will have 50 smart home devices (up from the current 10 devices which include laptops and smart phones). This fast transition has created a void when it comes to device security as every additional device opens an additional opportunity to gain access to your network and private information.
Security engineers and researchers were able to demonstrate this by hacking into a smart lightbulb and take control of an office’s lighting. But it doesn’t stop there, hackers could potentially control any other device in your home via just one weak smart device. They could control your smart thermostat and increase your electricity bill to astronomical levels, or perhaps even scarier, they could control your smart door lockand video doorbell and gain access to your whole home whilst knowing if you are present or not.
Thankfully there are many things you can do to secure your home whilst the industry catches up. The infographic explains some of the steps you can use to ensure that your home is secure from external threats and nefarious individuals.
This is a guest post by Joseph Mack from smarthomeSAGE, a blog that analyzes the impact that smart home technology has on home life.