Simplifying IoT Security

By Alex Scialom | The cutting edge of security in the connected home

Life with HomeKit: Our experiences with Apple’s home automation system

When Apple announced HomeKit a year and a half ago at WWDC 2014, the new platform definitely piqued our interest. We had looked at a number of …

Home Automation

Solving The Persistent Security Threats For The Internet Of Things

The rapid expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the security issues created in its wake have quickly captured the attention of governmental and regional bodies and consumers.<p>According to a survey by Auth0, more than 50 percent of consumers and 90 percent of developers are skeptical about …

DIY security versus the CNET Smart Home

We launched the CNET Smart Home in mid-September, our new 5,800-square-foot headquarters in the Kentucky countryside for reviewing connected devices. But this space is more than that -- it's also an opportunity for us to design our very own "home of the future."<p>In that spirit, we've already …

Home Security

Google OnHub teardown reveals a curious, complicated WiFi router

If you think Google's OnHub router looks like a strange machine on the outside, wait until you get a look at the inside. DIY repair outfit iFixit has torn down Google's first WiFi access point (technically TP-Link's), and it contains some components you definitely aren't going to find anywhere …

What's Next After 25 Years of Wi-Fi?

Photo: iStockphotoIn 1997, the first version of Wi-Fi appeared. (The same year saw about half of U.S. homes using AOL as their Internet Service …

Internet of Things

If a cyberattack causes a car crash, who is liable?

Last month, <i>Wired</i> published an account describing how security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek were able to wirelessly hack into a Jeep …

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Here's how Tesla will win the coming hacking wars in the auto industry

It will never end. The arms race is officially on. The hacks that have occurred were undertaken by benevolent hackers who in some cases have been working with the automakers to refine security, reveal flaws, and develop patches.<p>But it's possible that more malevolent hackers will enter the game. In …

Privacy Tips for the Internet of Things - Consumer Reports

If you don’t like the idea of being tracked by your devices, you might think you have only two options: Avoid the technology altogether or simply …

Internet of Things

Flash. Must. Die.

Adobe Flash—that insecure, ubiquitous resource hog everyone hates to need—is under siege, again, and hopefully for the last time. The latest calls …

Lifelock Once Again Failed at Its One Job: Protecting Data

Customers who hired the infamous ID theft-protection firm Lifelock to monitor their identities after their data was stolen in a breach were in for a …

Jeep Owners Urged To Update Cars To Stop Hackers Taking Them Off The Road

Driving a Jeep today? Not to worry you, but unless the car has been updated in the last week, there’s probably a vulnerability or two in the vehicle, as there are in as many as 471,000 Chrysler automobiles, which could be abused by hackers sitting in front of a laptop anywhere on the …

It’s Time To Rethink Our Smart Things

There was a section so common in big name CES tech presentations that it was almost comical. After announcing some widget or the other, a cheerful CEO would stand on stage and talk about how smart everything would soon become thanks to the SmartAppliance Framework or some such nonsense. The …

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