The fast growing Internet of Things (IoT) phenomenon has already changed human lives in unimaginable ways, and offers many promising ideas for the future. Things that are accomplished with connected devices these days were inconceivable even just a few years back.

But of course, with technology especially using the Internet comes vulnerability. With so many IoT gadgets that could be open to vulnerability, there are many reasons for you to worry about your smart-home’s security. With IoT devices multiplying at a chaotic pace, you’ll soon be hard-pressed to control the dozens of connected gadgets that you need and use at home.

In response to the growing number of IoT devices in homes, tech firms are offering new smart solutions that make up for the shortcomings of individual devices by creating a shell around your home’s IoT ecosystem and controlling the interactions with and between your gadgets in a centralized way.

Don’t get free or open source tools

A smart home means everything from your lights, heating, air-conditioners, appliances, alarms, and anything that can be IoT connected must be securely connected with each other and be free from outside attacks. Smart home IoT systems can never be cheap because of the security involved. A free or open source IoT tool means either the system is full of bugs and can affect your smart home system or it is not secure enough from outside attacks. Free doesn’t make it secure, you know.

Choose smart home tools that put home security first

Aside from connecting everything on IoT, your home’s security must come first. This starts with tools that are secure on the existing Wi-Fi router and adds another layer of security for the home security. Also, since this is a tool for IoT connected devices, its features must improve upon speed without the need for extra configurations. These smart home IoT tools must also have virus and intrusion detection to monitor incoming and outgoing Internet traffic for suspicious activity such as malware-like behavior or quarantine infected devices. These tools must also be compatible to all IoT devices without the need for software integration.

Consider smart home assistants

Smart home AI (artificial intelligence) assistants such as the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Asus Zenbo is the newest and most cutting-edge way to connect all IoT devices using an AI device that includes a voice assistant. This means that all devices at home can now be controlled both manually and by voice. However, some AI assistants may require integration into the home Wi-Fi system as well as software integration into whatever smart home tool is being used. Still, most AI assistants are secure for home security and against hacking.

This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:11:17 AM and is filed under Sweet Tech.

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