Your Smart Home Will Be Hacked. Here’s How to Stop It

Some day, we will all live in smart homes. Automated gadgets running on the “Internet of Things” will manage our lighting and heat, keep our appliances humming, and free us up to do more important things, like play Candy Crush Saga 24/7.

Before they do all that, though, the “Internet of Things,” or IoT, has a lot of growing up to do. So far, tech startups have done a great job of churning out inexpensive gizmos that turn on the lights when you enter the room or start the coffee when you wake up, but they’ve done a mostly terrible job of making sure random strangers can’t also flip on your Philips Hue or control your Keurig.

Last July, Hewlett-Packard released a scathing report on the poor security of IoT devices,noting that more than 7 out of 10 have some kind of vulnerability.Over the past three years, devices like Nest’s smart thermostat, Kwikset’s SmartKey lock, Foscam’s baby monitors, and thousands of home security cameras have been compromised in the lab or in the wild.

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