smart home

SmarterEveryDay Breaks into a Smart Home With a Laser [VIDEO]

A recently published research paper has claimed how laser light can be used to inject malicious commands into voice-controlled devices such as smart speakers, tablets, and phones across large distances and through glass windows. The research, originally published at lightcommands.com, was performed by a team of security researchers at the University of Michigan and University of...

Hackers Continue to Exploit Alexa, Google Home Devices to Eavesdrop on Users

More than a year after first reports of phishing and eavesdropping vectors impacting Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices were made public, hackers continue to exploit these assistants as the two companies fail to address the security loopholes in their respective smart home devices (via ZDNet). According to security researchers Luise Frerichs and Fabian Bräunlein from SRLabs,...

Google Sold Over 6 Million Smart Home Speakers in 2017

In a blog post released today, Google detailed the success of its Home speakers. The company claims that it sold "more than one ... every second since Google Home Mini started shipping in October." This means that from October 19th until yesterday, Google sold at least 6.73 million speakers. The company did not break down...

August Debuts New Smart Locks and a Smart Doorbell

Smart lock manufacturer August has this week announced the availability of its next generation of smart lock devices which now provide improved security, battery life and more for less, reads a new report from CNET. The latest August products are the August Smart Lock Pro, which is the most advanced smart lock on the market with support for...

How Apple’s HomeKit Empowers People with Disabilities

Smart homes, smart living - there are a few ways to describe the benefits that come along with this modern technique, thus offering more comfort and security. People with disabilities or the elderly can also take advantage from such a concept, being able to stay for longer years in their own home. “Smart homes offer...

Nest Adds Two-Step Authentication to Smart Home Products

Today, Nest has released an update to their smart home products that lets customers protect their accounts with two-step authentication. The feature will appear in all of Nest's apps under the "Account Security" settings, where it can be enabled with the tap of a button. Users will not need to update the app to see...