Home automation continues to expand—U.S. consumers alone spent $23.5 billion on smart home technology in 2019. This tech generally makes life easier for homeowners via automation of things like security, lighting, and music. It can be cost-effective, too. On average, smart home products save owners nearly $100 per month.
While the Internet of Things (IoT) has offered plenty of convenience for home owners through these devices, they’re also more susceptible to hackers. Vendors may manufacture these devices without knowledge of how to securely connect them to the internet, or they may skip security steps that could be viewed as a hassle during installation. Similarly, since the home is supposed to be a sanctuary and a safe place, homeowners often don’t consider securing all their devices.
That lack of security can lead to some wild events. A Wisconsin couple had their thermostat raised to 90 degrees while their hacker talked to them and played vulgar music through a Nest camera in their kitchen. Another hacker claimed he was in the room of a 4-month-old baby. Even the FBI has warned against smart TV hacks.
How, then, can you work to prevent these kinds of attacks? Let’s take a look at the seven most vulnerable rooms in your smart home—and what you can do to protect them.
Jump to our infographic for a full look at your vulnerable devices.