From the convenience of your smartphone or tablet, you can monitor and manage your home’s lighting, temperature, security system, and appliances. But given the headlines lately, it’s worth considering how safe these internet of things (IoT) products really are from hackers.

Last fall, a massive internet outage that brought down Amazon, Netflix, Twitter, and other prominent websites was triggered by hacked CCTV video cameras and DVRs. Hacked baby monitors, connected cars, dolls, and drones have also made the news.

In ForeScout’s IoT Enterprise Risk Report, you’ll find research by ethical hacker Samy Kamkar on the security vulnerabilities of a variety of IoT products. In fact, looking at the bigger picture, it’s not just connected devices in the home that are vulnerable. As factories, utilities, and cities become smarter and more connected, they, too, can be causes for concern, with even bigger ramifications.

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Having control of a variety of in-home devices from your fingertips is convenient, but is this convenience worth the security risks?

There are many reasons why IoT products can be hacked and, in many cases, easily. Sometimes, designs simply aren’t created with security as a priority. Other times, users aren’t being as vigilant as they can be. Not changing default user names and passwords is one example that comes to mind. While hackers seem to be relentless in wreaking havoc, there are measures that design engineers can take to stay in control of their creations.

Read this IoT security for smart homes article to learn techniques and technologies to protect your product designs from unscrupulous hands.

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