Researchers Sound the Alarm on Smart Home Hub Security Vulnerabilities

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First, you need to understand that this was an academic study conducted by an organization that has more resources than your average criminal. Statistically, most people aren’t worth the level of effort required. That could change as AI becomes more accessible, and things like quantum computing have terrifying security implications for all things digital, but as it stands, you’re more than likely safe. As the researchers stated in the study, solutions to the problems highlighted by ChatterHub will have to come directly from smart device developers. Developers will also be tasked with countering other emerging threats as technology advances.

However, there are still things you can do to make sure your smart home is as secure as possible. As your smart home runs on your Wi-Fi network, it’s a great place to start. Make sure your router has a strong password and consider using your router’s guest network for your smart home if it has one. The advantage here is that if someone accesses the guest network, they won’t be able to access any of the other router settings. Another tip is to limit your smart home to the devices you actually need. A smaller device network means fewer things can go wrong. Finally, make sure to keep your smart devices up to date.

Developers fix bugs and vulnerabilities through firmware updates. Some devices like Amazon Echo download and apply updates automatically, while others may prompt you to install updates through their respective apps. Check for updates on all key devices, like smart locks and cameras, as part of your weekly home routine. This should be enough to ensure that your smart home is as secure as possible and that developer responses to emerging threats are implemented as soon as possible.

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