Maximum protection. Minimal safety standards. How secure is networked home technology?
From alarm systems to motion, fire or water detectors: the interconnectedness in a smart home provides protection in many forms – or is this security deceptive? Are the sources of risk just being displaced from the open window or unlocked cellar door to the absence of authentication and a recklessly unimaginative password?
Managing intelligent home technology features centrally, ideally using one’s smartphone, is practical, convenient and also fun for technology enthusiasts. But as so often the case when data and software are involved, there are risks. Ultimately it is not only about having a fully stocked fridge at all times but also about more sensitive technological areas in the house.
From remote control to third-party control
Spanish researchers have set to work for demonstration purposes – with complete success: they used wireless technology to incapacitate surveillance systems and turned the power off in homes via networked electricity meters. Not a pleasant thought if that were to happen in one’s own home.
Security is in the detail
The absence of software security standards but also the lack of a statutory framework doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. The onus is therefore on the consumer. A close look at the technical details, product comparisons and good advice are what is required. Greater security is achieved, for example, by encrypted communication, active authentication and secure remote control. But is that really enough? What do you think?
Now we want to know your opinion!
- Are misgivings about networked home technology in all its forms merely the fantasies of a few technology pessimists?
- Or haven’t previous findings already proved that they are only too true?
Join our discussion! We look forward to your opinion.