Thanks to recent advances in technology, home automation and related services are starting to appeal to a wider number of homeowners. As costs decrease and more companies enter the market to offer a greater range of service, home automation technology could easily be a common feature of most homes in the next 10 years. However, there are some dangers to home automation that people aren’t quite prepared to deal with…
Here’s a quick rundown of the issues associated with new home automation technology. In some instances, people can protect themselves while still using home automation devices. Some people, on the other hand, will want to distance themselves as much as they can.
Home Automation Devices Offer a Window Into Your Home
Recently, a simple search engine caught the eye of tech journalists everywhere. Quickly dubbed “the most frightening search engine on the Internet”, Shodan lets users search for devices by IP address. To put this another way, Shodan searches devices that are connected to the Internet, which includes home automation devices.
Though Shodan doesn’t give access to these devices, clever hackers and criminals could potentially use this information to take control of your home automation equipment, including cameras, smoke detectors, and even locks. Though many higher quality home automation devices have substantial security techniques to prevent this very issue, greater price diversification means that lower cost devices are trickling into the market. If your home automation devices don’t have adequate security, they might become tools for criminals.
Home Automation and Power Outages
There are a few obvious problems with home automation, especially when the equipment is connected to the power grid. During an outage these devices can shut down and become inoperable. In the case of door locks, when they run out of power, many models simply “unlock” to ensure that no one is locked outside of the home. This is an obvious security concern but, surprisingly, most people aren’t aware that remote controlled locks are NOT a security feature. They’re intended for convenience.
Home security systems associated with home automation also tend to cut service during a power outage. The reason has to do with the difference between standalone systems and home automation platforms. Many wireless home security systems have a battery backup in addition to being connected to a home’s power source. During a power failure, most wireless alarm systems, like the ones offered by Protect America, can stay active and connected for a full 24 hours. Due to the wireless demands of home automation, equipment doesn’t include an effective power alternative.
Home Automation from a Home Security System
To eliminate some of the concerns associated with home automation, it might be worthwhile to consider a wireless home security system with standalone features. Simply order a monitoring solution from Protect America (plans start as low as $19.99 a month) and you will receive a FREE wireless home security system!