The smart house of the very near future is one that you may already be dabbling in. With smart homes, you can remotely control your Wi-Fi-connected devices. For instance, you can monitor your home from work with a webcam and an Internet connection.
Pretty soon, with the Internet of Things, you'll be able to control almost all your devices. Say you're on vacation and forget if you closed your garage door. Now, you can close it from thousands of miles away, or turn on your home security system, or dim the lights inside.
With this big advance in technology comes big opportunities for hackers to break into your systems. In fact, the cybersecurity experts recently tested four wireless-enabled devices, and found that all four had vulnerabilities.
It found that a Wi-Fi-enabled coffeemaker can be hacked to get the password to your home's wireless network. The coffeemaker is controlled by a smartphone. It has a vulnerability during its initial setup that hackers can exploit.
Google's TV streaming device Chromecast's USB dongle is also vulnerable. Hackers could overwhelm it with requests to disconnect from your Wi-Fi network, using nothing more than a Wi-Fi antenna and a version of the Linux operating system.
It also found vulnerabilities in a smartphone-controlled IP camera, where hackers could take control of the camera. This vulnerability has since been fixed.
What's really scary is that these cybersecurity experts found vulnerabilities in home security systems. Specifically, hackers could use a magnet to bypass sensors, so you wouldn't be alerted if a window or door was open.
Technology is always changing, and hackers and cybercriminals are adapting to these changes. This is a good reminder that you need strong security software installed to keep viruses from taking hold of your computer.