'In the internet of things, sometimes your TV watches you.
That’s the warning of a whole range of experts who warn that the connected home – the idea that appliances and gadgets throughout the home – might be turned on their users. The technology is intended to make life easier for the people who use it, but like many new developments comes with terrifying warnings for their users.
That’s because the same things required to use the smart home – internet connections, microphones and cameras – also make them perfect targets for hackers. And because they occupy such an intimate place in people’s homes, once they’re spying on you they can learn some of the most intimate data there is.
Those problems primarily hit cheap devices, many of which are made with little interest in how private they are. But those same cheap devices might be affecting the interest in legitimate, secure companies like Google’s Nest and Amazon’s Echo products.
People are becoming more concerned about security as the internet of things (IoT) spreads, according to a new study from Deloitte. The research warns that more and more people are concerned that they are revealing important personal information, and that it could even stop them from buying such products.'
Read more: Why your smart TV could be listening to you – or worse
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