Are you on the ground floor of the Internet of Things? If you have a smart thermostat, smart lightbulbs, smart security or other Internet-connected home appliances, your home is among the first on the path to being a smart home. Every house will be smart one day.
But now, we're learning that three popular hubs for smart-home appliances have been vulnerable to hacking attacks. Security firm Tripwire found vulnerabilities in smart-home control devices made by SmartThings, Wink and Vera Control.
Tripwire discovered flaws that could allow hackers to eavesdrop on your communications or even gain control of your smart-home system.
Since Tripwire announced its discoveries, two of the companies, SmartThings and Wink, have released updates to correct the issues. Users of Vera Control are encouraged to turn on the "Secure Vera" option until an upgrade is available.
Anyone using a smart-phone hub should update their firmware regularly and use a separate network than their home computers use for the Internet, according to experts.