Can Smart Light Bulbs Pose A Serious Security Risk?
“Smart” light bulbs promise energy efficiency and customizable features for homeowners, like remote-controlled mood lighting. But are they also a security risk?
According to a recent study, it could be so. Although they have simple chips, some infrared-enabled smart lights could be controlled by hackers to access the home network. Since it comes from within, owners may not even be aware of the breach. According to the research, smart bulbs could be hacked within 50 meters of it.
To stay safe, it is advised that users purchase smart bulbs that need a smart home hub to operate. Since it would communicate via the hub and not the Wi-Fi network, chances of a breach may be lowered. If proper authentication protocol is in place, such as specific permission before access to the microphone or camera is granted, it would offer better safety. Besides smart bulbs, there are other connected devices which pose a security risk, such as security cameras.
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