Guest Post – Is Your Smart Home Spying On You?

Thanks again to Siege Media for this post.

Smart homes, or homes outfitted with technology innovations such as smart speakers, smart TVs, smart lights, and more, are growing in popularity. In fact, over 66.4 million Americans own a smart speaker, such as the Google Home or the Amazon echo, in their home. 

Smart home devices collect data on your behavior and preferences to improve your user experience. While 75% of smart technology users feel some level of distrust about how their data is being used, that doesn’t stop a majority of them from using the technology.

So we’ve got to ask: is your smart home spying on you? 

The answer is yes–the data smart home devices collect helps optimize your experience, but the data they collect is also sold to advertisers. Smart home technology can also pose security risks from hackers. Learn how to secure your smart devices

It’s not all bad, though. Here are some of the benefits of smart home technology:

Safety: If you leave your house and forget to lock the door, smart technology allows you to lock up remotely. You can also check in on your plugs to make sure all of your electronics have been turned off. 

Efficiency: Save time and reduce your energy usage with smart home temperature and lighting controls. 

Convenience: Make your life easier with smart devices that provide benefits such as voice command, remote home access, and auto-populated grocery lists. 

Check out our visual from The Zebra below to learn more about what your smart home knows about you:

Thanks to TheZebra.com for this graphic.

What does your smart home know about you?

 

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About the Author:

Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, Bob also conducts security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. Bob also teaches Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. Bob works as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. Bob has worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments Bob is a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. Bob has been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com

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