First of all, you should understand that this was a university study conducted by an organization that has more resources than your average criminal. Statistically, most people aren’t worth the level of effort required. This could change as AI becomes more accessible, and things like quantum computing have terrifying security implications for all things digital, but as things stand, you are more than likely safe. As researchers stated in the study, solutions to the problems ChatterHub highlighted will have to come directly from the smart devices’ developers. Developers will also be responsible for counteracting other emerging threats as technology advances.
However, there are still things you can do to make sure your smart home is as secure as possible. As your smart home operates over your Wi-Fi network, that’s an ideal place to start. Make sure your router has a strong password and consider using your router’s guest network for your smart home if it has one. The benefit here is, if someone does get into the guest network they won’t be able to access any of the router’s other settings. Another tip involves limiting your smart home to the devices you actually need. A smaller network of devices means fewer things can go wrong. Finally, make sure you keep your smart devices up to date.
Developers patch bugs and vulnerabilities through firmware updates. Some devices like the Amazon Echo download and apply updates automatically, while others may require you to install updates through their respective apps. Check for updates on all key devices, like smart locks and cameras, as part of your weekly household routine. This should be enough to ensure your smart home is as safe as it can be and that the developers’ responses to emerging threats are implemented ASAP.