Your Smart Gadgets Can Actually Get a Virus?

I’ve never understood the allure of connecting all your appliances to the internet. Do you really need a wi-fi enabled light bulb? Are you so lazy as to not be able to get off your chair to turn the light on/off? You know what will never get a virus? My dumb light bulbs that turn on and off with a physical switch.

I like my phillips hue lights because they are able to make watching a movie much more immersive. They are also able to make decorating my house for holidays simpler, I can set schedules when I’m out of town so it looks like someone is home and moving from room to room, and can have lights automatically turn themselves off if I forget to do it.

It’s not always about people being lazy.

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One of these days someone’s going to figure out that anything connectable to the Internet needs to have safety regulations applied to it just like every other potentially dangerous device for sale in the country.

For starters, it could be required that every IoT device has to have its default password changed to a strong-or-better password within 24 hours of initial activation. The timer starts when it handshakes with anything—wireless router, DHCP server, whatever. If the password isn’t changed, the device disconnects from the Internet and cannot be reconnected until the password is updated.

That alone would prevent, what, 90%+ of current unauthorized usage.

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Oh, and for the question posed by the headline, my answer is “none.” I’m capable of doing things myself. I also that having Amazon/Google employees listening to all my random utterances 24 hours a day 7 days a week is too high a price for wanting to listen to a given song without getting up from my chair.

The easiest way to keep a vampire out of your house, after all, is to not invite them in.

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