There has been growing concern about securities in home appliances. Recent news came from D-Link’s manufacturing company from Taiwan on home camera.
Consumer Reports finds that D-Link’s home camera sends unencrypted video without unique passwords
Home Camera is a new gadget everybody like to have it at home. I remember, in my childhood, people had craze of the radio and love listening to old songs. As technology advances, now people like to have IOT (Internet of things) devices at home. Even if someone wants Radio, they would prefer to have Radio as IoT devices. More connectivity port available in the devices, the better it is now. Bluetooth, WIFI, hotspot enablement etc are the basic features in any device.
IoT is more about connectivity and how people like to control their own stuff. As per wiki IoT definition:
“The Internet of things (IoT) is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity which enables these things to connect, collect and exchange data.”
These home appliances are slowly becoming spy devices. Would share in some other posts what are the spy devices & how are they spying on?. There are lots of guidelines & standard to implement them and use them in a way they are supposed to be used. But this thought is applied to everything. Like application security, data security, cloud security etc.
For more readings about IOT guidelines. The GSMA IoT Security Guidelines:
It is time for the consumer to ask for the security & basic questions. And, have an agreement with the vendor. The following basic question must be asked:
- What is the procedure they have to secure my data?
- What is the information they are capturing? Does home appliance listen to the private conversation as well?
- What if the consumer wants to delete the records?
- Whom these videos or audios are being shared? How private info is secured?