Smart homes have become a reality as technology reaches the point where anything can be transformed into a smart thing. We’ve surrounded ourselves with internet-connected devices that we can remotely manage, automate and assign to perform various tasks. From smart light bulbs that can change color based on our mood or outside temperature to smart refrigerators and thermostats, the future envisioned by the Jetsons family cartoon might just be closer to home than we think.
As internet connectivity has become a commodity, gaming consoles and smart coffee makers can now wirelessly connect to your home network and interact with other devices, creating an entirely new, personal experience for each family member or each household. However, that connectivity could prove to be Achilles’ Heel.
With each new internet-connected device, hackers and cybercriminals expand their attack surface for stealing your private data. No hacker would be interested in remotely controlling your smart light bulb just to turn it on and off. Because it’s connected to your home network, an attacker-controlled light bulb could be used to infiltrate other data-harboring devices in the house.
As most smart devices are built with no security features in mind, some are inherently vulnerable and unfixable when it comes to plugging found security vulnerabilities. This means that, while traditional laptops and PCs are already exposed to malware or online threats when connected to the internet, smart devices are even more vulnerable to the same threats as they have poor to no security in place.
Since installing a traditional security solution on your smart coffee maker is out of the question, Bitdefender designed BOX, an integrated home network cybersecurity solution that simply plugs into your network, next to your router, and protects all your smart devices from malware or any other form of online theat.
Designed for maximum usability, Bitdefender BOX comes with a single mobile app from where you can manage all your connected devices, set data limits, remotely install updates, locate lost devices, and even get a Vulnerability Assessment showing you how many household devices pose security risks.
The future of cybersecurity is about protecting all internet-connected devices, in all shapes, sizes, and even colors.