We are currently living through the advent of the smart home revolution. Every day engineers, designers and forward thinkers throughout the world are finding ways to change our home life by connecting simple home functions to the internet to make our lives easier, reduce our energy consumption, improve security, and monitor our health.
Currently there are 10 connected smart devices in the average US household. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development this is expected to increase to 50 smart devices in every household by 2022. Unfortunately with this fast uncontrolled expansion, our home network security has been left vulnerable to attacks by hackers and other nefarious individuals. To put it into perspective, for every smart home device added to your home, it is similar to adding another door that can be broken into. So now instead of just securing your front door with a deadbolt, you need to do the same with 50 other entrances.
The dangers of this expansion is well known. Security researchers& developers in a demonstration were able to hack into a smart light bulb of an office building and turn the lights on and off. Although this sounds quite benign, it begins to get more worrisome when we consider a hacker being able to control a smart door lock (giving unlimited physical access to your home) and video doorbell (which could monitor when you have left home).
Fortunately there are currently many ways to protect your home whilst smart home security protocols catch up with the market. In the following infographic we demonstrate some simple but effective ways to protect your home, family and devices.
This is a guest post by Joseph Mack from smarthomeSAGE, a blog that analyzes the impact that smart home technology has on home life.