“Can ovens haunt your life? We will show you how!” If you have not come across any such headlines in your recent past, you are missing out on something really hysterical. But it is good enough for us for some laughs. The people who are actually facing these are definitely not laughing and it has got all to do with the new IoT products which are launched and available in the market. The Internet of Things has become a revolution where everything has been connected via the internet. So now there is no more like just a home, it is a smart home, but the same cannot be said in case of a smart home being a happy home.
The internet of things home devices have become all the craze with sales figures witnessing substantial surge in the past year. Everything from refrigerators, televisions, ovens, toasters, blenders, etc. you name it and it has been connected to the internet, and that includes your air conditioning and cars as well. Not to mention the various home devices which are voice activated and are programmed to listen to you at all time for voice commands. But people fail to realize that the same home devices (Google Home and Amazon Echo to name some) are listening to everything in the house at all times, which means some information you would not like being shared with someone outside the four walls is also in jeopardy.
The IoT products in market have some really great applications to make our lives simpler, but imagine them being used to harass us? Reports being filed with the helpline in regards to such incidents of abuse by technology give an idea that the wrong elements are moving on to the use of these connected devices to harass people. People have claimed that the air conditioning switched off once without them even touching the controls or activating voice commands. One lady even claimed that the lock sequence of her front door security changed everyday and she has no idea how. Such incidences when viewed with a pattern, it can be safe to say that technology can also be quite dangerous.
IoT product uses the internet and companies claim that in case of such incidents, the users can reset the devices manually or else change the password to their Wi-Fi and that should solve the problem. But then the question remains, for how long? Is it really that safe to have these connected devices and smart home solutions? Food for thought definitely, after all who would want to be harassed by their own coffee machine first thing in the morning!