23. August 2016 · Comments Off on Best Firewall 2016: Cujo home firewall protects network, smart home · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The device pictured at the top of this post might look like a cute little android straight out of a science fiction movie, but looks can be deceiving. The CUJO Smart Internet Security Firewall is all business, and it has just one single mission: protect your home network and smart home devices from hackers, viruses, malware and any other potential cyber threats. In a day and age where our computers store more and more sensitive data, devices like Cujo are absolutely crucial. It takes just 3 minutes to set up and it could save you months of headaches that you would have to deal with if you ever got hacked.

Source: Best Firewall 2016: Cujo home firewall protects network, smart home | BGR

08. July 2016 · Comments Off on Security risks in the age of smart homes · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Smart homes, an aspect of the Internet of Things, offer the promise of improved energy efficiency and control over home security. Integrating various devices together can offer users easy programming of many devices around the home, including appliances, cameras and alarm sensors. Several systems can handle this type of task, such as Samsung SmartThings, Google Brillo/Weave, Apple HomeKit, Allseen Alljoyn and Amazon Alexa.But there are also security risks. Smart home systems can leave owners vulnerable to serious threats, such as arson, blackmail, theft and extortion. Current security research has focused on individual devices, and how they communicate with each other. For example, the MyQ garage system can be turned into a surveillance tool, alerting would-be thieves when a garage door opened and then closed, and allowing them to remotely open it again after the residents had left. The popular ZigBee communication protocol can allow attackers to join the secure home network.

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24. November 2015 · Comments Off on Pebble-shaped Dojo offers easy, no-frills security for smart home devices · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Silicon valley start-up Dojo Labs has created a device aiming to make the Internet of Things in homes around the world more secure.A team of security experts and hackers are the creative minds behind the Palo Alto-based company’s pebble-shaped device, designed to protect a smart home’s connected devices against ‘malware, viruses and cyber attack’.Connecting to the home network, the Dojo acts as a security layer between all computers, mobile and Internet of Things-devices – from baby monitors to smart locks and home automation systems – and external threats, ensuring the user’s security and privacy at all times.

Source: Pebble-shaped Dojo offers easy, no-frills security for smart home devices – Gay Star News

06. November 2015 · Comments Off on What is smart home hub (home automation hub)?  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

A smart home hub is a hardware device that connects the devices on a home automation network and controls communications among them.The devices on a home automation or smart home network might include — among many other possibilities — thermostats, light bulbs, wall outlets and switches, door locks, energy monitors, window coverings, appliances, motion sensors, leak sensors and wireless cameras. These non-computing devices usually include smart sensors to enable control and communications.

Source: What is smart home hub (home automation hub)? – Definition from WhatIs.com

02. November 2015 · Comments Off on ‘Your basement is flooding!’ (says text alert from sensor) · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Not every home-automation device, sexed up, looks as desirable as a smart thermostat. A Wi-Fi-connected water sensor, however it’s dressed, is still a lowly water sensor serving daily sentry over a washing machine, water heater or flood-prone basement.It’s not glamorous work, but an efficient water sensor can save thousands in potential damages. D-Link’s Wi-Fi Water Sensor (Model DCH-S160, $59.99), a new addition to the mydlink smart-home lineup, is a basic monitor that, connected to a home network, sends a smartphone alert when it detects water.

Source: ‘Your basement is flooding!’ (says text alert from sensor) – Chicago Tribune