The more "connected" your home is, some say the more vulnerable you are to being a victim of theft or worse.
Unfortunately, connected devices collect lots of personal information about you. Lots. This data gets uploaded to company servers where it's sold-or stolen.
I'm not saying go back to living primitively, but you may want to rethink your plan of connecting your milk to get spoilage alerts. At a minimum, without proper precautions, you should know that:
But don't panic. First understand that the Internet of Things (IoT) devices have various codes, passwords and security features to make your devices secure. Understand that adding to much security would compromise the manufacturers' ability to create a very appealing product. So it's up to you to look into it all and decide what's secure and what's not.
Once hackers get in, they have the world at their feet, from spying on your childs baby monitor to taking control of your computer network to gaining access to your bank account to opening credit lines in your name and maxing them out.
How are these vulnerabilities possible?
Some say that these warnings are overblown, but 20 years ago, the idea of 40 million credit card numbers getting into the hands of a few thieves was unheard of too, yet today, massive data breaches like that are commonplace. If a hack can be conceived, it can be done. It's just a matter of WHEN. Besides, hacks into home connected devices have already occurred.