We are all concerned about privacy and security, especially since we are heavily using all kinds of wireless devices, be it a smart phone or a smart TV. For every WiFi-connected automation system in the home, there comes greater exposure to privacy and security risks.
There are companies specializing in cyber security. They perform investigation of various systems and came to a conclusion that if the user or the manufacturer does not pay enough attention to the potential risk, it can be possible to hack into a stranger’s home through their automation systems or any connected device.
There are two things to watch for:
Older technologies, which were not designed with enough security in mind, so do not buy old products, even if they are cheap. You can check this website to read about technologies which are more susceptible to security breach.
New Untested Devices
Some newer products in the most affordable categories suffer the same problem due to the manufacturers’ desire to get them to the market fast.
It does not mean that all DIY brands are vulnerable, even those that store your information on the cloud. Companies are scrambling to remedy that, incorporating stronger password protection, recalling older products, developing technologies that would be able to identify watch for digital intruders, block any unusual approach or hacking attempt using certification between the devices. An example of increased security is Canary…
Main players in DIY market are doing their best efforts to protect your privacy and security, for example Samsung, Nest, Apple use the latest encryption technology, login and password protection.
Obviously, the luxury market players in home automation have sophisticated systems in place to protect their users. Among those are Crestron, Lutron, Savant, AMX, Control4. These companies invest heavily into the research and security technology to protect their customers from security breaches. This is partly why these brands are relatively expensive.
At My Smart Home we always do a thorough review of security features before offering anything to our customers.
Our advice would be
- To do a thorough research before you buy and install the home automation system to make sure the system is designed to be secure.
- Do not ignore the manufacturers’ instructions to create a unique user name and passwords. Surprisingly, the research revealed that the most common problem still lies with people not creating passwords or not bothering to change the passwords from the default 1234… or just naming their accounts with real street names or personal names, which would allow a potential hacker to match the on-line account to a physical address.