Home Security 2015: The Internet Of Things (IoT) Brings Innovation AND Danger

A deadbolt used to provide ample home security. The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing that. If hackers can broach corporate security systems through their air conditioning controllers (like they did at Target), imagine what they can do with the IoT and your home WiFi network.

Suddenly your thermostat, fitness recorder, TV set-top box, and any other appliances that report to you are open doors to your WiFi, your computer and, ultimately, your personal and financial information.

“For example,” Todd Morris, CEO, Brickhouse Security, explains, “Cable companies aren’t in the security business. They provide dumb pipes into homes.” Then, they use the same type of routers for all their customers. Once a router is hacked, the entire customer base is vulnerable. Morris says he’s replaced the cable router in his own home with a more secure model to minimize the chances of being hacked, and also has installed security software on phones and computers.

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/sungardas/2015/04/08/home-security-2015-the-internet-of-things-iot-brings-innovation-and-danger/

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