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Smart Homes: Owners' safety mistakes

Basic security flaws, such as weak passwords and unwanted firmware, expose smart homes to increased cyber risk, according to Bitdefender.

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The latest security report at 2018's "The IoT Threat Landscape" and "Top Smart Home Vulnerabilities" gathers data from the BOX IoT security product and consumer interviews. The middle home is now packed with 20 smart devices, with 95% of vulnerabilities remaining in the firmware, the report said. 60% of users claim to be concerned about identity, data and malwares, but many fail to adequately protect them IoT Appliances. Six out of ten users reported that they had never made a firmware upgrade on their router, a percentage slightly reduced to 55% for smart TV owners.

Only 60% of smart device users reported having different passwords for each smart device, while half of smart TV owners admitted that they had never changed their password.

Although 30% worries that a hacker could access a smart camera to spy on them, 70% has at least one camera connected to a vulnerable router, Bitdefender claimed.

The report also reports that the BOX security product blocked 461.718 threats in 30 days, with most of them (76%) coming from dangerous websites.

Internet threat analyst Bogdan Botezatu argued that weak or single passwords for multiple devices, failure to repair, careless browsing by clicking on suspicious links and attachments can open the smart home's "front door" to hackers.

However, not only do users bear responsibility.

"Manufacturers of smart devices share responsibility for the current state of Internet security because most of them are ignoring the security part," he added. "From their hurry to being ahead of the competition, they leave many vulnerabilities to attackers who are interested in sensitive user data."

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