Have you seen the news this morning? Apparently, everyone who has Smart devices in their home is at risk from cyber fraud. This isn’t a new story, in fact it’s one that’s regurgitated every few months to alert the general public to the fact that there is a risk.
If you take the headline on face value you’ll perhaps panic, if you don’t know a lot about the technology, you’ll perhaps panic, and if you know little about cyber security you’ll perhaps panic. Don’t. Take this as an opportunity to educate yourself about the risk and review the products you have installed at home.
If you have a great range of disparate IoT products (Amazon Alexa, Smart TV, Ring doorbell etc) all connecting separately to your wifi – each being controlled by its own app and perhaps not effectively password protected – the chances of you getting hacked are certainly greater than someone who has invested in a home control system, such as Control4.
Home control systems that are networked and properly secured using firewalls and encryption reduce the risk of hacking dramatically. They ensure that you have full control of your entire Smart set-up, that it is a secure as it can be, and that your products are as efficient and integrated as possible.
Technology is moving at warp speed and it’s important that you stay on top of the possibilities, whether your tech-savvy or not. The reality is, though, if you’re already bogged down by what life throws at you on a daily basis, use today’s headline to inform yourself of what the possible risk is. And if you’re worried that you’re not investing in your home cyber security as well as you could do, get in touch.
There was an article in a national newspaper yesterday, instructing the general public as to the top 5 smart gadgets to invest in. Two of these products made sense, a smart home heating thermostat and a security doorbell. One however, it probably not on the average home owners’ essential buy list – the smart lawnmower, nice to have but not essential.
What, then, was the point of the article? To stir interest or to excite the reader? Either way it seemed like a wasted opportunity. For most, smart integration is relatively new but the possibilities are endless. The technology, in reality, goes far further than the article hints at. In fact, the smart home integration market is doing seamlessly now, what was mooted around 12 years ago. It’s integrating the life of the average homeowner, not only making it more convenient but also more secure. The article talked about a self-dimming lightbulb, what it didn’t mention is that you can now install a lighting system, doorbell and CCTV system that can be managed from one control hub – be that your smart phone, tablet or remote control.
The beauty of a smart home is that it’s as unique as the home owner. Love parties? Integrate a full home entertainment and lighting system that you can control at the tap of an app. Often away for business or leisure? Keep an eye on your home and make it look as though you’re cosied up in the lounge watching TV from the comfort of your hotel room.
“The beauty of a smart home is that it’s as unique as the home owner.”
If you’ve only just discovered the Internet of Things, this is your chance to change your world. If you’ve got a couple of devices, don’t just think about what they can do in their simplest form, think about what the possibilities could be. The range of smart devices out there is huge and growing all the time but the smart home owner will be thinking about how these things can work together simply and effectively to really make a difference to how they live their life.
Think smart, be smart, visit www.ugot.co.uk