The residential IoT devices are appearing in greater numbers, and a lot commercials are popping up on TV, like doorbell ring etc. While the usefulness is there, I tend to cringe a bit, worrying about the security.
Maybe I am a bit paranoid because I know a piece or two of the vulnerabilities that these devices may be exposed. To exaggerate the potential risks, I am posting this cartoon (and it is Friday, I got nothing better to do anyway):
Yes, the IoT has us all exposed more than ever, though not everyone will think about the risks. I forwarded that cartoon to some friends on WhatsApp, and interestingly, once of them actually reverted, stating that this can be taken as funny and scary at the same time.
I believe we need to do a lot more across the board raising security awareness for not only electronics manufacturers, retailers and also the consumers plus add the Privacy Commissioners of the various countries who take privacy seriously.
The Government of the day, needs to take responsibility of what is imported and have good expectations of electronic's manufacturers and their behaviour.
We should also claim down on whitelisting companies, if you are not IEEE registered, then dump, no matter how cheap it looks - it simply is not worth it.
In otherwords, consumers do your home work well, research who the manufacturer is and question the Retailers - make them feel uncomfortable, so you can cut through the fluffy sales talks to the nuts and bolts.
As I was saying...
Cases of example, recently reported Ring been hacked:
God only knows how many Rings have been hacked, but users were simply not aware, while the intruders are watching (and maybe recording) in silent, and stealing information along the way......
Of course Ring's response was - it's users' fault:
"Unfortunately, when people reuse the same username and password on multiple services, it’s possible for bad actors to gain access to many accounts."