Why Smart Homes—and Their Potential Owners—Need to Wise Up – Realtor.com News

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Just about everyone has a smartphone these days, and it looks like before too long, everyone will live in a home that’s wired with the latest technology. But here’s the thing about technology—whether it’s powering Jennifer Lawrence’s cellphone or your own house, it can be hacked.

Security for smart homes is of paramount concern, according to CNBC.

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“More and more, you’re going to see a cross over between cyberthreat and physical, and that’s what concerns me the most,” said Christopher Young, Intel Security Group senior vice president and general manager.

“Imagine 50 billion devices connecting up to the Internet over the next few years—each of those increases the surface area for attack. In the home, it’s really no different,” Eric Free, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Smart Homes and Buildings, told CNBC.

That definitely puts a different spin on some of the cool home “security” innovations we’ve seen. Take Intel’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 “Mission Impossible”? You can make a mask of someone’s face, wear it over your own, and boom: You’re in. Don’t laugh. We’re pretty sure it could happen!

And what about 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 meetings—all because some tech-savvy teen neighbor was messing with you.

The good news: “Security for the smart home is technically achievable—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,” Mark Hung, research vice president at Gartner, told CNBC.

Something tells us it might take a little more persuading to get a former Ashley Madison client to go smart.


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