Can one still have Secure Smart Home Security without the risk of Privacy Breach?

It is no longer news that smart homes are a part of our 21st-century lives. It all started as a goal to make life better from automating domestic chores, to task handling robots. These days, a smart home usually has automated lighting, temperature control, and electricity distribution to appliances around the home. Smart homes also do well in handling some security challenges that we are familiar with. The security features which include arming and disarming the alarm, intrusion detection via sensor enabled cameras, etcetera. As smart home technology advances from the laboratory (where it is tested) to the marketplace, we now can control features of our homes via remote access, through management systems, mobile applications, and smart home gateways.
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The intense development of smart home products has led to concerns by most homeowners as to whether these products or devices (making up a smart home) are as secure and privacy-driven as their manufacturers claim. To push this fear, there are recent reports about breaches in privacy related to IP cameras. According to The Intercept, Amazon’s Ring security cameras may have granted video access to strangers. These cameras which may be mounted in bookshelves or as door bells provide high definition video feed for any one at the other end. For example, Ring cameras keep tabs on your home and create a kind of neighborhood watch, where the cameras detect any form of irregular or suspicious motion and movements and alert the owner of impending danger or attack (all these in a bid to reduce the crime rate in neighborhoods). Despite this, Ring faces an accusation of releasing not a few, but all recorded video feeds of its customers to a research and development team based in Ukraine, a humongous amount of files at their disposal. 

More so, research conducted by leading cyber-security firm Avast revealed that criminals could gain access to smart home devices via remote means. It emphasizes that though the technology used in IP cameras are quite secure, a small error can make it completely vulnerable to attackers. There are even chances attackers may be able to track the location of the resident. According to a staffer at the company, it is quite easy to gain access and control to a person’s smart home due to poorly implemented security protocols.

In the case of Ring security cameras, a source confirms that the video annotation team in the company watches footage from both popular outdoor doorbells and interior parts of a building. These video footage which may contain private moments in the lives of individuals are said to be at the mercy of the Ring staffers or more precisely, the video annotation team of the company.

It is no longer news that these security cameras be it that of Ring cameras or other smart home company cameras (e.g., SimpliSafe, Ring, Nest, SmartThings) are open to "unintended" hands that have the resources to access their feeds. The potential security flaws in the smart home IP cameras could take privacy out of the reach of its users.

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Of course, these cameras (or “smart cameras”) keep tabs on your homes, but are they worth the potential privacy loss?

Though a lot of smart home device manufacturers are ready to go tooth and nail about the security of their products (especially cameras), we all know some flaws may be exploited if not attended to.

Smart homes, truth be told, have made life a lot easier. To a reasonable extent (at the least, without the hacking professionals), you can be assured a higher level of security for your home and make activities a lot easier. But one thing that may still be uncomfortable for most smart home residents would be video feeds getting into wrong hands. How about a fully functioning smart home that depends on high-end sensors for your home security? That would be a great idea no doubt!

These camera-free sensors only track parts of your home for danger or real time data and alert you when necessary. For example, these sensors are aware of the opening and closing of windows and doors and they also track small points of data from other automated components of your smart home without any form of privacy leak. The sensors usually work with the wireless connectivity (e.g., Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, Z-wave, etc.) in your home to connect to each component and provide you real-time data/information. They are the best choice if you intend secure and automate your home while saving yourself from any privacy trouble associated with sensor-based cameras. No video footage leak to worry about, no unnecessary camera hacks and the like, with same benefits of a fully automated residence. Really, do hacker really want to know how many times you open a door or window every day?

Fox&Summit offers a good number of sensor-based smart home devices that offer you the full benefits of a smart home. From having windows and doors sensor to a motion-triggered spotlight, when it comes to securing your privacy, we have you covered.Security Sensor Bundle FS-BNDL3

Server-Side Authentication: All command and control of our devices must run through our secure cloud. All commands and control are authenticated between the mobile device and the FS Home Cloud. This will prevent anyone, without the proper login credentials, from accessing any aspect of your FS Home system.

SSL 3.0 with AES 128: All communications between your FS Home App to the FS Home Cloud, and between the FS Home Cloud and your FS Home devices are encrypted. This can prevent anyone from eavesdropping on communications between you, the FS Home Cloud, and your FS Home Devices.