Just about everyone has a smartphone these days, and it looks like before too long, everyone will live in a home thatâ€™s wired with the latest technology. But hereâ€™s the thing about technologyâ€”whether itâ€™s powering Jennifer Lawrenceâ€™s cellphone or your own house, it can be hacked.
Security for smart homes is of paramount concern, according toÂ CNBC.
â€œMore and more, youâ€™re going to see a cross over between cyberthreat and physical, and thatâ€™s what concerns me the most,â€ said Christopher Young, Intel Security Group senior vice president and general manager.
â€œImagine 50 billion devices connecting up to the Internet over the next few yearsâ€”each of those increases the surface area for attack. In the home, itâ€™s really no different,â€ Eric Free, vice president and general manager of Intelâ€™s Smart Homes and Buildings, told CNBC.
That definitely puts a different spin on some of the cool home â€œsecurityâ€ innovations weâ€™ve seen. Take Intelâ€™s smart door locks, for example. They work via cameras installed at entryways, using face recognition to identify pre-approved visitors and let them in. No knocking needed.
But if hackers want in badly enough, they probably can get in. Ever seen â€œMission Impossibleâ€? You can make a mask of someoneâ€™s face, wear it over your own, and boom: Youâ€™re in. Donâ€™t laugh. Weâ€™re pretty sure it could happen!
And what aboutÂ 21st-century pranksters? Imagine getting a notification that your home is flooding while you are at work, panicking, calling a plumber, and missing an afternoon of meetingsâ€”all because some tech-savvyÂ teenÂ neighbor was messing with you.
The good news: â€œSecurity for the smart home is technically achievableâ€”it all depends on the price point. Any device that costs $50 or more should have enough headroom to incorporate the necessary security measures, such as sufficient processing power, to enable encryption,â€Â Mark Hung, research vice president at Gartner, told CNBC.
Something tells us it might take a little more persuadingÂ to get a formerÂ Ashley Madison client to go smart.