Smart Home Technology and Vulnerabilities

Contributed by Kelly Gould

In today’s homes, it is not unusual to see various devices connected to the internet intended to make our daily lives easier. These devices can oversee anything from keeping our homes at the proper temperature, to watering our garden, to giving us our daily news briefing, to locking our doors at night. While these devices are intended to make our lives easier, they can also cause a potential headache if the wrong people gain access. This paper will go over what smart home technology is and how it is used, various devices currently on the market, current vulnerabilities that have been found and used by hackers, and the current legal status pertaining to what is considered personal information and evidence regarding smart devices.

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