Post roundup: On my social media and tech blog Social Web Q and A I cover products and services ranging from web hosting providers to 3d printing pens. Recently, I’ve published a couple of articles about the “internet of things,” (IoT) in which everyday objects assume network connectivity and communicate with people and other devices, either around the house or throughout an entire smart city. Advantages include unprecedented convenience and greater sustainability and energy cost savings, but significant challenges include how to keep all those devices secure.
In the context of the “smart home,” hackers have already had their way with a number of devices and taken them over, meaning that both personal data and privacy can be at risk. Analysts have said that many manufacturers of these smart devices And at the level of a connected city, as you can imagine, the potential security implications are even greater so a more sophisticated approach to security will be required moving forward. To return to the context of the home, some devices on the IoT are more of a luxury, such as having your refrigerator detect when you are out of something and automatically ordering a replacement.
But others have the potential to help you greatly reduce your impact on the environment and save money, such as a smart thermostat that automatically adjusts your temperatures and that you can also control wirelessly from anywhere using a smartphone app. We just took a look at some of the top models available today, ranging from Nest to Honeywell and several in between. Take a look here