Keeping Your Privacy From Your Smart Home Security Devices
If you have been using smart home devices at your home, then it is highly likely that manufacturers are tracking every move of yours. For example, Ring has joined forces with more than 400 police stations across the country allowing them access to recorded videos in any area and time. Though this request can be declined by users, it places responsibilities on the device’s owner. It looks like the business model adopted by Amazon is simply not compatible with democracy and basic human rights. Ring too has a few loopholes due to which these devices are more prone to cyber-attacks.
Plus, almost all of these connected cameras interact with other smart devices, and all that data is ending up on various company and third-party servers.
It is expected that Amazon will fix this problem and it has started off by enabling the two-factor authentication for all the users. There are other features in the pipeline, such as the option of opting out of providing information to third-party service providers and to notify users when there are successful logins. Minut is one of the manufacturers who claim to have one of the most privacy-centric smart home devices. Other systems, such as Wyze, Abode, and Scout give you options involving self-monitoring and to ensure that recording is done locally.
“Ask Mozilla”, a service that ranks smart home devices based on security standards, have rated Google’s product with a 5-star. Ring, on the other hand, unfortunately, misses out. There are numerous steps that can be taken to ensure that your devices are secure enough, such as two-factor authentication, strong passwords, etc.
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