Home security isn’t just home security anymore. These days cameras, door and window alarms are just pieces of the web–enabled “smart home.” And, the home is getting smarter, as service providers begin to merge home security systems with home automation. The added value of these additional features is now drawing more potential customers to the security systems market. Consider Icontrol’s recent introduction of its new water sensor – the first of a line of Z-Wave-driven accessories for its Piper Wi-Fi-enabled all-in-one home awareness and automation device.
Symantec, which has the experience of protecting over a billion IoT devices around the word, says it is the right time to plug any security gaps in the Internet of Things and not repeat the mistakes made with the Internet.“We have a lot of experience in IoT, but also some concerns. There are great devices and applications coming out, but we believe there is a small window available now to ensure security and privacy are built in before it becomes ubiquitous like the Internet.
A year ago, most people’s image of a light bulb hack was a teenage prankster randomly turning lights on and off while they watched the family run from room to room to figure out what is wrong with their system. This would certainly be perceived as annoying but not a real threat to personal security or property. However, people are now beginning to realize the real danger; networked lighting can be an entry point to the entire smart home or building automation system.
In the next five years, our homes will have lots of devices connected to cloud services: thermostats, security systems, refrigerators, washers, dryers, coffeemakers, cars, TVs, set-top-boxes, doorbells, light switches … you name it.All the Internet of things devices will communicate with different cloud systems for data storage, compute services, and software updates. Our homes may suffer from a level of cloud complexity to rival that of smaller enterprises.
Almost every home in the United States now has a Smart Home Technology. It can be in their appliances, security devices, or thermostats. The nation’s foremost trusted thermostat brand has taken a new look on Smart Homes, and they’re promising to make your Smart Homes “less dumb.”
SECURITY OUTFIT SYMANTEC is reporting on a thing called Linux.Wifatch that might be a good guy type of internet threat that wants to solve problems with the Internet of Things.This sounds unusual and unlikely. A cyber Robin Hood, operating in the shadows and actually helping people out, sounds like anathema to the internet. To be fair Symantec makes it clear that it sounds like the stuff of Hollywood, and admits that Linux.Wifatch is an unlikely proposition.
The age of Internet of Things is upon us. Smart devices, ranging from thermostats and security cameras to vacuum cleaners and door locks, offer convenience for a price. Amazon launched its own Internet of Things initiative this summer by announcing the controversial Amazon Dash, a small plastic button that you can attach to ordinary things at home such as toilet papers and Ziploc bags.
Yep, we bought a house, the “CNET Smart Home” — our new spot for testing out as many connected gadgets and gizmos as we can get our hands on.We’ve already outfitted the house with a top-notch Wi-Fi router and extenders to achieve the best Wi-Fi signal possible. That way, we’re ready to review anything from a security camera in the entryway to a plant sensor in a far corner of the yard — and everything in between.
Home automation brings convenience and a certain measure of peace of mind to homeowners. From within the house or afar, you can check and control lights and thermostats from a smartphone, get water-leak alerts, check if your garage door is closed, or find out when the wash is done if you’re not in earshot of the chime. You can open the garage door and automatically turn on house lights and deactivate the security system. You can unlock the front door and have house lights go on automatically, or simply tap the door lock to unlock if your hands are full of groceries.