I never want a so-called Smart House

He didn’t realize it, but without any mobile security anyone could have been watching us through the cameras and devices in the house that night

I was dating this guy a while back, and he had the first smart house I had ever been inside. I had seen them online, in videos and stuff, but never been inside one. Self opening doors, lights and entertainment systems you could control with voice commands, it was pretty incredible. It also had a strong security system, with cameras and sensors, that was also responsive to voice commands. I was just getting into coding and programming back then, and I started asking him about the computer system that connected all of this. It turns out he liked the gadgets but had never given any thought to cybersecurity and how vulnerable his system was. By connecting everything in the house into one network, he was putting all his eggs in one basket, and a network perimeter security breach of any kind would be catastrophic. Even the most rudimentary hacker could take over the smart house, so having some threat detection in place was something he would need. Instead of hooking up that night I went over some basic network risk management practices, and helped to tighten up his smart house configurations. He didn’t realize it, but without any mobile security anyone could have been watching us through the cameras and devices in the house that night. When we did hook up it would have to be at my house, which had adequate system security, and also didn’t have cameras everywhere. That night changed my thinking about cybersecurity, but also made me never want to have a so-called “smart house.”

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