Top Smart Home Vulnerabilities

Top Smart Home Vulnerabilities

Hey everybody! I’m Luana, and today I’ll
talk you through some major vulnerabilities we detected into
connected homes: smart cars, smart watches, smart TVs, printers, fitness
bracelets, smart thermostats, baby monitors, pet feeders. How many of these
do you currently own? Smart devices bring along a high number of security risks,
mostly because they lack even the most basic encryption. You’ve already heard
stories about hackers just waiting to breach your devices, so they can spy on
your family monitor your activity or steal your money and identity! If you’re
not even slightly worried or think this will definitely not happen to you, let’s
take a look at mistakes some users make with their smart devices, and the top
vulnerabilities in your smart home. Each smart device is a valuable entry point
that hackers can manipulate to get inside your home network. Once they’re in,
they can take over the other devices linked to it. There are about 11 smart
devices in the average smart home in the United States, at a common rate of two
devices per home, found a Bitdefender study. The most common smart devices are
smart phones, smart TVs and tablets. Quite often, smart devices are
unavoidably vulnerable, but users share part of the blame when it comes to
exposing their homes to security risks. One of the most common mistakes is to
neglect passwords. We found that 5% of all Internet connected devices ran on
weak passwords, half of these were printers, because users fell there
weren’t as important as other smart devices, such as their network attached
storage or IP cameras. Here’s the first tip: treat all devices equally and use
strong individual passwords to increase security and protect your sensitive
information. Tip number two: check your devices for software or firmware updates.
Half of the people who use Smart TVs haven’t updated the software and their
devices in over a month, while 6 out of 10 haven’t performed any firmware
updates on their wireless router. Tip number three: always research before
buying. Since you’ll probably connect the device to your home network, and it will
communicate with other gadgets, make sure you read the product reviews and make
sure the manufacturer is legitimate. Even meeting a minimum security standard
is already an improvement. The biggest issue right now is that most smart
devices are designed to live a long life, making it almost impossible to patch as
fast as required. This makes them susceptible to known but
unpatched vulnerabilities, that can be remotely exploited.
You’re probably wondering which connected devices in your home are the
most vulnerable. According to our research, the most vulnerable Internet
connected devices are routers, followed by computers, network attached storage,
printers, cameras, media players, set-top boxes, prototyping platforms and smart
TVs. Let’s blame it on those weak passwords everyone forgets to change. In
most cases, a device with vulnerable firmware, comes along with multiple other
unpatched vulnerabilities. Some of the most common vulnerabilities and
exposures detected, are denial of service attacks, overflow, code execution, obtain
information, bypass restriction and memory corruption. If you’re feeling
overwhelmed by all the technical details, you can always leave it to the
professionals to defend your connected home. Bitdefender BOX is a security hub that provides Network and Local protection. It
blocks malware, stolen passwords, identity theft and hacker attacks, for all your
smart devices. For any questions about cybersecurity or Bitdefender BOX, just
drop us a line in the comment section below or in social media. you

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