Is Your Smart Home at Risk of Being Hacked?
As smart homes are quickly becoming a fixture with several homeowners taking on the concept of automated living, security experts have warned about the vulnerability that comes with smart homes.
As we connect devices to a smart hub that operate under a WI-FI connection, the home router is found to be the weakest link of the setup as routers have proven to be vulnerable with their firmware. The recent news of the spyware CherryBomb as exposed by Wikileaks has pushed router security under the scrutiny of the public. Thousands of router firmware had their software rewritten in order to track the user’s internet behavior.
The MQTT Protocol
Are you familiar with the Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol? It’s used to control smart home devices, and it is central to a new security dilemma. Avast reports it found more than 49,000 MQTT servers publicly visible on the Internet due to a misconfigured MQTT protocol.
The MQTT protocol itself is secure; however, severe security issues can occur if MQTT is incorrectly implemented and configured. Hackers could gain complete access to a home to learn when their owners are present, manipulate entertainment systems, voice assistants and household devices, and see if smart doors and windows are opened or closed, according to an announcement. Under certain conditions cybercriminals can even track a user’s whereabouts, posing a serious privacy and security threat.
Smart Home Items At Risk To Be Hacked
- Home Internet Router
- Smart Appliances
- Door Locks
- Garage Doors
- Home Security Devices
- Home Theater
- Lighting Controls
- Shade Controls
- Eavesdropping on Communication Systems
- IoT-Based DDoS Attacks
- And More Depending on the Integration of Your Smart Home
Tips to Secure the Cyber Security in Your Smart Home
- Contact a Smart Home Cyber Security Expert
- Create strong passwords.
- Avoid using the same password for multiple log-ins.
- Change passwords often.
- Secure the property’s wireless network and cloud-enabled devices with a firewall.
- Use a regularly updated anti-virus program across all computers and make sure all computers and networking equipment are patched regularly.
- Ensure equipment firmware is updated on a regular basis.
- Only purchase security equipment from a trusted source.
- Invest in a Smart Home Cyber Security Support Plan from a qualified smart home expert.
Consult with the Boise Smart Home Cyber Security Experts
Contact Treasure Valley Audio Video with your questions about how to protect your home from smart home cyber security threats.