There was a time when your home’s computers and gadgets could be protected by antivirus software. Just buy a premium software application, load it up and it kept your devices safe from hackers. Unfortunately, that is no longer enough. Today’s smart home has any number of connected devices that are all susceptible to attack from remote locations.
The worst part is, you won’t always know when your devices have been compromised. Luckily, there’s a solution for that.
During our research on the Internet of Things and how they’re deployed in smart homes, we found some very interesting data.
This is from Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and co-founder of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus:
“We’re going to go from 12 billion devices we currently have, to over 30 billion devices by 2020, all interconnected. That’s going to add to the ease of our life but if all these devices are easily hacked into it could mean we could have a whole new host of security concerns.”
As of today, that number is already close to 20 billion
Why are Smart Devices so Vulnerable?
The key problem with new smart home devices is that their default passwords are often very easy for hackers to decipher. Once they get in, even though you might not be the target, the processing power of your device could be used for cybercriminal activity. While that may not make you culpable, the fact that your smart home device has been compromised should certainly have you worried.
How Do I Protect My Smart Home from Hackers?
There are several things you can do to make sure your smart home devices are hack-proof. For things like computers, you can use the latest antivirus software, but what about other things like home security devices or DVRs or thermostats or smart lighting or baby monitors? That’s a little more complicated, because these devices typically won’t have any built-in protection. And there aren’t yet any such device-specific antivirus solutions that are worth recommending.
However, since the point of vulnerability can only be access through the Internet, that’s where you need to apply any mitigative measures.
CUJO to the Rescue
CUJO is the latest in home firewall security. It secures all access to your smart home devices through your WiFi, making it practically impenetrable.
According to Einaras von Gravrock, CEO of CUJO: