Linear actuators did not begin the current interest in home automation, but they did make it more available for people who wanted the technology, as well as expanding what could become automated. The motion with feedback linear actuator in particular has turned out to be very helpful in such systems as home security (allowing cameras to move more easily and flexibly), TV and chair lifts (increasing comfort for people living in the home), and window operation (allowing windows to be controlled without needing to in physical contact with them).
Home automation is very popular because it allows people to have a more in depth level of control over their houses, as well as allowing them to invest more easily in appliances and technology which can make their lives easier and more comfortable.
While home automation and the ability to control it from a variety of sources is something which has brought in a lot of interested homeowners, and has become very popular with recent advances in technology which have made these things more feasible, there are security concerns. One of the main concerns is that, just like any other piece of technology, automated appliances can be hacked, both to steal people’s information and also gain access to their home\break their equipment.
Hackers who specifically target home automation are looking for weaknesses in the systems themselves, which can then be exploited. While some hackers do just aim to steal family information which may be stored on these devices, others aim to actively make changes to the settings, use them to gain access to a home, watch security footage, or even to change the settings which have been made by the family.
Home automation has not yet reached the point where it is ubiquitous or even common within homes yet, but it is only increasing in popularity, so anybody who may want to consider automation in the future should be prepared for what might happen.
Tests run on the security of various different systems and different homes have found that a disturbing number of them allow access to anyone who has the means to hack into them. Hacked devices allowed the people doing these experiments to gather huge amounts of sensitive information, such as names, passwords, financial information, IP addresses, and much more.
Of course, in the case of smart homes, hacking might be easier because the number of smart homes is so small and unusual that they can still be googled, which makes them more easily identifiable than your average automation user. The ability to hack systems easily, however, is not confined solely to smart homes. Home automation in general is vulnerable to hacking, and it is something which everyone should know about. The easiest way to ensure that your home automation is as difficult to gain access to as possible is to learn how to protect them and your home as much as possible, and also work on things yourself.
This may seem an obvious first step to take, but you’d be surprised how many people forget it. Making devices difficult to remove makes them more difficult to tamper with, whether they are inside or outside the house. Ideally, these devices should also be hidden from view as much as possible if they are on the outside of the building, but being fixed on firmly will do.
If an outside device cannot be hidden from view, place it as high up on the wall it is attached to as possible. To keep people from gaining physical access to the device, having it higher up a building can help keep people away. Hackers will look for surveillance cameras and motion sensors to allow them a route into the home automation system in general (remembering that more and more home automation is inter-connected), so making it more difficult to reach them is one step in keeping them from being breached.
A router, which is where all the home automation that can be remotely controlled, or which uses information from the cloud, is the centre of the home, and therefore it is the prime target for anybody attempting to hack the system. Not only will securing your router prevent any hacking attempts (at least for a time), being able to do so will mean that all the home automation devices you possess will likewise be protected.
Using cloud services when they are available is something which everyone who has home automation should do on a regular basis. The cloud means that any and all information is offsite, so it is not immediately available to hackers, and will also be under its own levels of security and protection, adding a layer to your own security. Using the cloud will mean that hackers will have to work much harder to get to your data as, in the case of home security, they will not simply be able to hack the cameras and view all kept footage – that will be offsite.
CEO and Founder at Mighty Shouts.
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