Thanks to engineers and innovators, there are new ways to make our lives at home less demanding, more efficient, and more secure every day. Smart home devices have created a new market that is accelerating as you read this. Today, the average household has 10 connected smart devices, but in five years, experts believe the average household will use 50 connected smart devices.
Advancements in data bandwidth and technology have created obvious benefits, such as allowing homeowners to manage their house from anywhere on the planet. By using a video doorbell camera and smart door lock, users can open, lock, and answer their front door all from a remote device, wherever they may be.
However, this also opens the door for unwanted intruders. More devices mean more opportunities for hackers to enter a home. Each smart home gadget in a household functions as new door or window that can be broken into. Growth in the market of smart home devices has outpaced growth in the market of home security, creating a gap that thieves and intruders can squeeze into before the market catches up.
Security specialists showed during a demonstration at an exhibit that they could take control of the lights of an entire office complex by hacking into a smart lightbulb in a single room of the building. It shows that the threat can come from anywhere. That same video doorbell and smart lock used to let in guests can also be used by hackers to monitor activity in the house and break in while you’re away.
But there are simple ways to protect your home. While the security industry catches up with the advancements in smart home devices, you can use low-tech but effective methods to secure your home, family, and gadgets. View the accompanying infographic to see how you can protect yourself. If you want to take it to the next level of security, we recommend installing a hardware home network firewall which will make your home safer than a bank.
This is a guest post and infographic is by Joseph Mack from smarthomeSAGE, a blog that analyzes the impact that smart home technology has on home life.