Are Smart Homes Vulnerable to Malware?

Date : 6-26-2019

Protect Your Home

Over the next 5 years, the number of smart homes across the world is expected to rise significantly, with the amount of IoT devices connected to these home networks also to rise considerably. So, with so many remotely controllable smart door doorbells, thermostats and baby monitors already in use and that number expected to increase, the question that naturally arises is “does this make my smart home vulnerable to malware?”

We’d love to be able to tell you that this isn’t the case, but the truth is that it does and just like with any computer, smartphone or tablet that’s used to connect to the internet, certain measures need to be taken to protect yourself.

The Hacking Threat

Any device that’s connected to a computer network or smartphone is potentially vulnerable to hacking, without exception and the blase attitude that many users have to the threat makes the job of a hacker that much easier. Often what happens is that default passwords are not changed, leaving the front door of the network wide open to anyone with the will to gain access.

Access is gained by the use of common malicious practices like phishing, clickjacking or keylogging, all of which allows a hacker to quickly and easily obtain your passwords and gain free reign over your network. This is especially prevalent to those who don’t even bother securing their WiFi password sufficiently and with so much damage and loss possible in this way, it’s amazing that so many people have such a ‘won’t happen to me’ attitude about the issues, as a hacker can potentially gain access to your bank, your home security and even your car!

Potential Results

To put it into context for you, a smart home that has been hacked can offer a very different experience to a person arriving home. Instead of opening your door by recognizing your face, it leaves the door locked and forces you to gain access using your keys. Then your alarm might be triggered, as it can’t identify your smartphone authentication code and then, once you’ve got inside, disabled it and sat down, you find that none of your home automation tech is configured properly any more.

Added to the threat of being robbed by people who now know your security system is down, the inconvenience of someone outside the network messing with your setup whenever they feel like is, we think you’d agree,  more than enough reason to take action to regain full control.

In Summary

Smart homes are vulnerable to malware that can play havoc with your settings, passwords and configurations and the damage that can be caused can be severe and far-reaching. The good news is that by keeping your passwords secure and complex enough not to be hacked, you go a long way to stopping these hacks in their tracks. Combine that with a strong firewall and anti-malware software and the job of the hacker becomes so difficult, they’re likely to move on to someone else who isn’t so security conscious.

Keeping your home secure is a real no-brainer because if you don’t, you’ll likely end up wishing you had, particularly as the steps involved in stopping it are so easy to take.

If you’d like to know more about cyber-security, home automation or about how the Sure Universal software platform is the most comprehensive and interoperable of its kind on the market, we encourage you to take a look at our website where you’ll find lots of useful information on the subject.

If however, you’d like to speak directly with us about how our industry-leading platform can be employed to provide a high performing smart home or smart office in your home or place of work, you can get in touch by filling out our contact form and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

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