Connecticut Homeowners Insurance: The Glitch in Smart Tech

Connecticut Homeowners Insurance: The Glitch in Smart Tech Connecticut Homeowners Insurance The Glitch in Smart Tech

It’s no secret that digital technology has been incorporated into nearly every aspect of our lives. From smart phones to smart cars and even smart houses, our world is rapidly becoming “smarter,” more automated and highly technologically dependent, incorporating what was once be sophisticated technology into even the smallest and most mundane devices. But recent reports and industry research indicates that these devices have a basic problem; security. In some cases the very devices designed to improve a household’s security, safety and efficiency are actually working against them.

The HP Security Research team recently released the findings of a review they conducted which examined ten common “smart objects,” all of which had the capability to connect to the internet and to be remotely operated. The findings of their study showed that the majority of the products tested had some major security concerns and were vulnerable to hackers.

Their research indicated that eight out of the ten devices surveyed did not require users to utilize complex log-in and security practices. Passwords and log-in credentials for these devices were often found to be simple and easy to guess. The research team also found that the interfaces used by six of the smart devices’ had other security flaws that could cause the item and the host website to be compromised. For example, the team found a lack of encryption among seven of the devices and app platforms which could potentially expose homeowners to security breaches and data leaks. Six of the ten examined devices did not use encryption when downloading software and firmware updates which makes that data and the connected devices vulnerable to an attack. Researchers suggest that hackers could take advantage of these open data exchanges to take control of smart appliances, devices and applications.

The HP team is not the first to uncover weaknesses among smart objects. In 2013 security researchers at cybersecurity firm Trustwave, actually hacked into a variety of smart home device applications and gained access to many functional elements and sensitive information. According to reports, their investigation revealed not only what appliances and devices were in a household, but geographical information, IP addresses and even the name of a child. A recent article published by the Insurance Journal compiles a few recent home appliance hacks to further emphasize the scope and severity of the problem.

At the Byrnes Agency we believe that safety and security go hand in hand, and there is no better way to protect your home than with comprehensive Connecticut homeowners insurance. Whether you have a high-tech home or live and old fashioned lifestyle, our personal insurance specialists can help craft the perfect New London homeowners insurance policy to suit your lifestyle and needs. We know homeowners insurance inside and out, and work with some of the most respected carriers in the country to provide you with comprehensive Connecticut homeowners insurance at competitive price. Contact our specialists today to learn more about all our offerings.

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Phone: (860) 774-85
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Dayville, CT 06241
United States
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Woodstock, CT 06281
United States
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