Thanks to smart home devices and the engineers and innovators who create them, our lives at home are becoming less demanding, more efficient, and more secure every day. Smart home devices have created a new market that is rapidly growing and is expected to be at least five times larger by 2022.
Advancements in data bandwidth and technology have created obvious benefits, such as allowing homeowners to manage their house from anywhere on the planet. By using a video doorbell camera and smart door lock, users can open, lock, and answer their front door all from a remote device, wherever they may be.
More devices also open the door for unwanted intruders, as each smart home gadget in household functions as a new entrance that can be broken into. Growth in the market of smart home devices has moved so quickly that the home security market is falling far behind, creating a gap that thieves and intruders can squeeze into before security technology catches up.
That same video doorbell and smart lock used to let in guests can also be used by hackers to monitor activity in the house and break in while you’re away. Security specialists also showed during a demonstration at an exhibit that they could take control of the lights of an entire office complex by hacking into a smart lightbulb in a single room of the building. It shows that the threat can come from anywhere.
While the security industry catches up with the advancements in smart home devices, you can use low-tech but effective methods to secure your home, family, and gadgets. View the accompanying infographic to see how you can protect yourself with simple solutions that are sure to thwart intruders. If you want to take it to the next level of security, we recommend installing a hardware home network firewall which will make your home safer than a bank.
This is a guest post and infographic is by Joseph Mack from smarthomeSAGE, a blog that analyzes the impact that smart home technology has on home life.