For the past two years, 90% of consumers have claimed that security was one of the top reasons why they purchased smart home systems (2015 State of the Smart Home Report). Ironically, these customers are unaware that by implementing smart home IoT devices without taking the proper security measures, they are exposing their data – actually, their privacy – to hackers.
Below are three concerns that all consumers considering home security systems should be prepared to address before they purchase and install IoT devices.
- Surveillance camera systems are now less expensive because of the cheaper cost of storing data in the cloud compared to an on-premise server. New and rapid innovations have made home security more accessible to the consumer because they no longer have to work with large and expensive companies that require complicated installation with recurring monthly fees. Unfortunately, the coolest innovations are not always the most secure. The ability to constantly monitor and control your home creates a sense of security, but what users often forget is that hackers can also decide that they want the ability to keep an eye on you and your house.
- After choosing a surveillance camera system, users need to secure the massive amounts of generated personal data and surveillance video. This requires home security IoT companies to integrate with a trusted cloud provider with the proper encryption to ensure the highest level of protection for personal information. Not all cloud providers take the steps to provide the highest level of security available, relying instead on traditional software-based encryption techniques that have known vulnerabilities. Instead, consumers should look to providers, like Vera Smart Home Control, that utilize the latest in hardware-driven encryption.
- Security devices integrated within the home typically rely on Wi-Fi networks for communication. Wi-Fi networks are notorious for easy hacking, and are an inadequate channel for communicating surveillance data. By extension, any device on that network can be exploited if not properly protected. The hackers can gain access to a Wi-Fi network and control of all devices, even turning off video cameras or a whole security system. Even with more reliable wireless technologies for IoT devices like Z-Wave and Zigbee, the IoT devices themselves have to be integrated with the same hardware-driven encryption to protect data being captured on the device, as well as when it’s transported and stored in the cloud.
The constant need for security and protection of privacy has fueled the expansion of the IoT in our homes, but has also increased the amount of personal information that is vulnerable to unwanted parties. This has shifted the home security sector’s focus from the protection of physical threats to that of cyberthreats. Consumers are increasingly aware of the value of their privacy and innovation in IoT is quickly allowing companies to prioritize security and meet consumers’ demand for better protection of personal data.