Smart homes allow their residents to customize and control almost every aspect of their home remotely, and thanks to advancements in data bandwidth and technology those functions and devices are becoming more efficient than ever. Now you don’t even have to be home to answer your door. By using a video doorbell camera and smart door lock, users can open, lock, and answer their front door all with a remote device from virtually anywhere on the planet.
However, each new smart gadget in the home functions as a new entrance that thieves can break into. Hackers have demonstrated that they can 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. Burglars could also hack a video doorbell and smart lock and use it to break while they know you’re away.
Currently, the average smart home has 10 devices, meaning 10 new points of access for hackers and thieves. The market for smart home devices is expected to be five times larger by 2022, meaning an average of 50 devices that could be hacked in each smart home. It shows that the threat isn’t going away anytime soon. While these gadgets have certainly made our lives at home less demanding and more efficient, designers hope that they would also make your home more safe – at least until the security industry catches up. The smart home revolution is coming, but users must still protect themselves whenever possible.
While the smart home industry keeps growing and security specialists race to catch up, you can use low-tech but effective methods to secure your home, family, and gadgets. For a more high-tech solution you can install a network firewall for the home which will act as a barrier for all your smart devices regardless of their security weaknesses. The accompanying infographic shows how you can protect yourself with simple solutions that are sure to thwart intruders.