7 Tips to Protect your Smart Home from Hackers

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Today’s technology now makes living like the Jetson’s a reality, and home owners and buyers are absolutely loving it! In fact, they’re loving it so much that the smart home market is expected to reach $121.73 billion USD by 2022. Yes, of course, we all love that we can control our home with a touch of a button. However, one of the number one reasons people love smart home technology is for: SECURITY

Contrary to the popular belief that smart homes act as a security blanket…is the “peace of mind” blinding homeowners with a false sense of reality? 🤔

In 2015, there were 2.9 billion Internet of Things (IoT), a.k.a smart home, devices installed into consumer’s homes, which is a huge interface for cyber attacks. 2017 has been said to be the year where cyber attacks will get worse. Concerns of the release of personal information as well as endangering ourselves, friends, and family members make our homes unsecured rather than secured.

• What types of threats are we exposed to? ⚠️️

Veracode’s security team tested 6 different smart home devices and their vulnerabilities. Find 3 of the 6 results below:

Device 1: The Ubi

⚠️️ Threat:

“If a cyberattacker were to get access to the cloud-based service of a Ubi device, they could steal the user’s contact database, launch phishing attacks or sell the contacts. A cyberattacker would also have access to the user’s Google calendar, allowing them to stalk a user…”

Device 2: Wink Relay
  • Multi-touch screen allows access to all your smart products via the Wink app

⚠️️ Threat:

“Cybercriminals could turn the microphones on and listen to conversations within earshot of the device, supporting blackmail efforts or to capture intelligence from a user’s employer in the case of a home office.”

Device 3: Chamberlain MyQ Garage
  • Open and close your garage door, even when you aren’t at home.

⚠️ Threat:

“Thieves could be notified when the garage door is opened/closed, indicating a window of opportunity to rob the house, and remotely open the door.”

• Horror Stories 😱

Have the heebie jeebies yet? Below are 2 REAL horror stories of how hackers can use smart home devices to haunt our homes…literally.

Horror Story 1: Man Hacks Monitor, Screams at Baby Girl– NBC News

“Adam and Heather Schreck told Fox 19 that they woke up at midnight to the sounds of a man yelling at their daughter, Emma, and were surprised to find their Internet-enabled baby monitor moving — even though they were not the ones moving it.”

Horror Story 2:When ‘Smart Homes’ Get Hacked: I Haunted A Complete Stranger’s House Via The Internet – Forbes

“‘I can see all of the devices in your home and I think I can control them,’ I said to Thomas Hatley, a complete stranger in Oregon who I had rudely awoken with an early phone call on a Thursday morning.”

• What do the experts say? 💬

“Any device that is connected to the Internet is at risk of being hijacked,” she said in her prepared remarks. “Moreover, the risks that unauthorized access create intensify as we adopt more and more devices linked to our physical safety, such as our cars, medical care and homes.” – Edith Ramirez, chairwoman of the  Federal Trade Commission

“I think all of us, from industry to individuals, to government are going to have to up our game in terms of making sure these devices are safe from the very real threat of cyber hackers.” – Mark Warner, U.S. Senator

So how do we protect ourselves from these risks? Download and check off our list below of:
7 Tips to Protect your Smart Home from Hackers 👨‍💻

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