Monday, June 16, 2014

Is a Smart House a Smart choice?

Over the past several weeks there have been numerous announcements about smart houses and smart homes.

There was a nice summary about how The smart home is the next battleground: What to expect from the top 3 tech companies? In this article TechTimes explains how 
Google, Microsoft, and Apple getting involved in home automation, it is clear that this will be the next battleground, and at the moment no one truly has the upper hand.
But there are more players looking to get into this market.

There are even do it yourself (DIY) options with articles explaining It is cheap and easy to turn your home into a smart house.
As with any new connected technology there are reasons to be concerned. For example here is a slide show of 4 ‘smart home’ gadgets you don’t want hacked and there are 3 big risks with 'smart homes'.

But for me the biggest concern is stories like how Australian Apple devices hijacked and held for ransom

Now consider that someone could hack your home, change (or deactivate) your alarm, change the access code, play with your heat, etc. 

It reminds me of some of the tricks played by a computer in Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress:
Mike had thought up a dandy; his "illness" was wild oscillations in conditioning Warden's residence. He was running its heat up, then down, on an eleven-minute cycle, while oscillating its air pressure on a short cycle, ca. 2c/s, enough to make a man dreadfully nervy and perhaps cause earache.
Do you want someone to have that kind of control over your home? I don't.