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The smart toilet ... oh crap!

July 22, 2020Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

The loo, bathroom, restroom, el bano, latrine, water closet, washroom, powder room, lavatory, outhouse, toilet, commode, throne, potty … whatever your special name is for this place, we all know others shouldn’t be “privy” to our private moments here. But, as technology advances and new “smart” apparatuses tempt the must-have-it-all-type of consumer, privacy wanes and cybercriminals find new ways into the more personal parts of people’s lives. Case in point, the smart toilet … Scientists...

Antoinette King, Axis, Axis Communications, connected devices, cyber security, Smart Devices


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Voice assistants hackable by laser

March 11, 2020Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

The more I think about it, the more I realize I'm a “house purist.” I like my home to be as free as possible from “extra” electronics of any kind. Sure, I have a laptop, smartphone and a rebuilt iPAD from 10 years ago, and I'm connected to the Internet, but I don't have cable TV and quite frankly, I refuse to put a voice assistant of any kind in my home ever! It creeps me out that some random person can be listening, inserting themselves into my daily existence at any time. Recent...

Alexa, connected devices, Cybersecurity Assurance Program, Google Assistant, IoT, Portal, Siri, Voice assistants


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What your connected smart home IoT devices are really doing

April 24, 2019Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

As more and more people connect IoT devices to their homes, making them smarter, living machines, the more fodder hackers have to breach systems and gain access to consumers' personal identifiable information, or even gain entrance into their humble abodes. The fact is, no security standards exist for IoT manufactures to follow when creating networked devices. Lawmakers and states are stepping up, looking at ways to help protect consumers. Industry talk of late about protecting owners of IoT devices...

ARP spoofing, connected devices, Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019, Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act, IoT, Princeton IoT Inspector, smart home


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