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2016/01/07

Android-based Smart TVs Hit By Backdoor Spread Via Malicious App

Android-based Smart TVs Hit By Backdoor Spread Via Malicious App

With the year-end shopping season over, many consumers now have new various smart gadgets in their homes. One particularly popular usage of this so-called Internet of Things (IoT) are smart TVs. These TVs are more than just passive display devices; many of them can even run Android apps as well. Some may find these features useful, but these capabilities bring their own risks. (This was something we noted two years ago when we first looked some of the issues of smart TVs.)

2015/10/21

Looking Back on ‘Back to the Future’ Day

Looking Back on ‘Back to the Future’ Day

When fictional dates in the future finally roll around, it’s natural to stop and ask “what did they get right?” and with something as fun as Back to the Future its all the more natural. After all, much of what they showed seemed both fun and plausible when the movies came out.

2015/07/01

How to Secure Your Home Router

How to Secure Your Home Router

Many homes these days have smart, interconnected devices that make life much easier. Whether they’re security cameras, smart light bulbs, or other smart enabled systems, embedded devices don’t come without risks that could compromise your privacy. Many users wonder why home networking devices are often fraught with security problems, and given these security holes, home owners may not be the only one with sole access to their systems, but cybercriminals as well.

2015/01/29

Security of Home Surveillance Cameras

Security of Home Surveillance Cameras

Home surveillance/security cameras have been available for quite some time, and can be used to keep track of one’s home, children, pets, or business. These devices are, in some ways, the first exposure of people to the Internet of Things.

2014/10/20

Smart Lock Devices: Security Risks and Opportunities

Smart Lock Devices: Security Risks and Opportunities

Security is one of the top concerns when consumers consider buying smart devices. With cybercrime making the headlines every day, one has to think: is this smart device vulnerable to cyber attacks? Are these technologies secure enough for us to rely on them in our everyday lives?

2014/08/19

The Administrator of Things (AoT) – A Side Effect of Smartification

The Administrator of Things (AoT) – A Side Effect of Smartification

In an earlier article, we talked about the ongoing smartification of the home – the natural tendency of households to accumulate more intelligent devices over time. While this has its benefits, the residents of smart homes also need to invest their time and energy to maintain these devices. These requirements will only grow as more and more devices are added to the homes of the ordinary consumer.

2014/06/18

The Smartification of the Home, Part 2

The Smartification of the Home, Part 2

In the previous part of this post, we explained what the “smartification” of the home is, why people are adopting it, and looked into some of the factors that can influence how people choose to add home automation into their daily lives.

2014/06/16

The Smartification of the Home, Part 1

The Smartification of the Home, Part 1

Over the past few years, there has been proliferation of intelligent connected devices introduced into homes across the globe. These devices can range from the familiar – such as tablets, smart phones, and smart TVs – to the less familiar, such as utility meters, locks, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, motion detectors and scales.

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