With so many choices out there designed to make
life easier and more secure, people are often so excited by the
convenience that they don't consider that these devices could be a big
The issue is that any device
that can be controlled
from outside your home,
can also be controlled by someone else
outside your home.
issue is that any device that can be controlled from outside your home
can also be controlled by someone else outside your home.
that stands between you and someone else gaining access to your system
is usually just a username and password. If someone can get those, they
can just as easily log in, see when you are away from your house, and
let themselves in.
since control is usually through an account that you created through an
app or website, anyone else logging in can also see any other personal
2018, the Google-owned Nest system sent out emails warning their
customers that their accounts had been compromised. The company was
unclear if there had been a data breach of their system or if lists of
hacked Nest usernames and passwords had been published on hacking
purchasing any smart device, especially something that can see into your
home or unlock doors, make sure that you use a very secure password.
Secure passwords consist of capital letters, numbers, and even things like exclamation points or other symbols.
system logins can also be set up for what is called multi-factor
authentication. This is where you have to enter more than your login and
password to gain access. This extra layer could be a PIN or an answer
to a secret question. Some sites even send a code to your phone that you
have to enter when logging in. However, I personally see this as a
potential hassle if, for example, your spouse is at home trying to log
in, and the code comes to your cell phone while at work.
bottom line is that you should always consider anything that comes into
your house via the web or an app as a possible security risk.
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