Whether you know it or not, your home is getting a lot smarter. Your home's devices are increasingly connected to the Internet. It's called the Internet of Things, and it's changing everything about your home and the gadgets you use every day. That includes your kids' toys, your home security system, your TV and much more.
IoT is an amazing development that you may already be enjoying. If you use a smartphone app, for instance, to open your garage door, that's IoT. If you use an app to program your coffeemaker to turn on in the morning, or use your smartphone to turn on your TV or home security system, or unlock your doors, that's all IoT.
There are going to be a lot more Internet-connected devices in your home very soon. In fact, about 5.5 million devices around the world are connected every day. By the end of this year, there will be 6.4 billion IoT devices.
Before you get too excited about all the possibilities, though, stop. Take a breath, and think about your children and family. Are these connected devices exposing them to dangerous situations?
Note: Before you get alarmed, keep reading for tips to protect your kids, your home, your IoT devices, and yourself.