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Smart LED bulbs pose security threat?

Smart LED bulbs pose security threat?

By BizLED Bureau

June 20, 2017: In this technological era, there are Wi-Fi-powered lights that can be switched on and off on your command and more interestingly, it tracks your movements and then drops a message on your email or Facebook. To top it all, smart light bulbs have become extremely popular and reasonable at the same time. Do you know that the global smart lighting industry is likely to more than $$7 billion within 2020?

However, you need to know that one of the first IoT gadgets to get hacked was the light bulb.  Luckily, the most distinguished hacks are the work of professionals. However, someone or the other might just hack into your light bulb thus, posing security threats. As real as it may seem, majority of the people aren’t bothered with regards to smart light bulb threat.

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IoT vulnerabilities come into focus

With more and more IoT vulnerabilities being exposed in the media, the real dangers associated with are now being taken seriously.  There are a number of IoT vulnerabilities where poor verification and defective encryption practices top the list.  It is so easy to manipulate a device into trusting another malevolent device in getting connected to it. More particularly, a hacker can duplicate the hotspot formed during the setup procedure of the device and trick the Android application seeking to create a connection. The fake hotspot gets on top of the genuine one and, if the app gets connected to it, hackers can get the username and password of the user’s Wi-Fi system.

If the hacker is able to get inside the Wi-Fi system, he/she will have access to all the entire traffic sent in such as images, passwords, financial data etc. This is not an easy task, but remember it is being done and privacy risks are important.

What is the best way to protect devices?

IoT devices as well as their firmware are entirely different from each other. Even if a conventional AV solution might work on some of them, the proposal to instal agents on every device will take lots of time and it is also a difficult task to carry out. Hence, one of the ideal ways to tackle the issue is to approach security at a network level.

You need a good cybersecurity solution that is designed to defend the whole network and each and every device connected to it, be it phones, headphones, wearables, coffee makers, washing machines, lamps etc.

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The solution will also safeguard your iPhone, iWatch and other Apple devices also against spying, data theft, hacks, viruses and malware.

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