Smart devices are hot items as they can easily be hooked up to the internet and controlled via your phones. Have you ever wondered, can smart devices be hacked?
The real-world scenarios do suggest smart devices can be hacked. Smart cameras, refrigerators, microphones, smart speakers, even an entire security system can be hacked. If you have reservations about connecting your home to the internet it is understandable.
The threat of being hacked should certainly not keep you away from reaping the benefits of smart home devices. You need to weigh the pros and cons, understand the risks and take steps to avoid breaches of security.
Which smart home products are vulnerable to hackers?
Smart home products are nothing but a bunch of networked computers, collectively referred to as the “Internet of Things” (IoT). These devices are connected to the internet and constantly collecting data from the sensors embedded in them. Hackers and Cybercriminals gain access to your home network through these devices by exploiting an IoT device vulnerability.
Broadly speaking we can categorise such smart home products into most vulnerable, less vulnerable and least vulnerable.
Most vulnerable: Smart home devices with little or no support for security are most vulnerable to hackers. This includes products such as garage door openers, wireless doorbells, and smart sprinklers. These devices can be easily accessible to someone driving down the street with a computer or other Wi-Fi transmitter.
Less vulnerable: Devices controlled by an app or PC such as smart bulbs, smart switches, security cameras, baby monitors, smart door locks, smart thermostats, and personal home assistants fall under this category. These devices rely on weak security tokens that can be vulnerable due to this weakness in the communication protocols used, configuration settings, or vulnerable entry-points left open by the vendor for maintenance.
Least vulnerable: smart home products such as refrigerators and ovens fall under this category but the threat cannot be ruled out.