Hacking warning: Home Invasion, Via Your Smartphone
Smart homes are becoming more common in the modern real estate market. For those out of the loop, smart home technology is also referred to as the Internet of Things — or IOT for short. Standard household items such as appliances, electricity, security systems, and lighting can now be wired into the Internet and controlled via our phones.
In theory, we can program our home to save energy while we’re on vacation, or turn on the lights and make coffee when we wake up. Like any device connected to the Internet, smart homes are vulnerable to attacks. According to a Chief Consumer Security Evangelist for McAfee — it’s your mobile device that’s the most vulnerable access point for a home invading hacker.
Through your smartphone, they can potentially turn off the lights, disable the security system, and unlock the front door, at any time. Home invasion has never been so scary.
Security Tip: Radek Tadajewski, CEO of Oort, a smart home tech startup recommends that you should use devices with 128-bit encryption or higher, making them less likely to be compromised by cyber thieves. Users should ensure all of their connected devices are also password protected.