Home Front: The coming security nightmare from IoT devices

From robot vacuum cleaners to smart light bulbs, devices connected to the Internet are set to surge in popularity. But these Internet of Things (IoT) devices pose a security risk. A global effort on certification or labelling is needed.

An intelligent cleaning robot cleans your home by mapping its surroundings after taking instructions from your smartphone app. A smart meter tracks your energy consumption down to each appliance, and knows when you go on holiday.

These so-called Internet of Things (IoT) or connected devices gather intimate details of their users. Much of this information is stored in the cloud, on online servers. Yet, the rules surrounding how they are being protected in cyberspace are lax, raising concerns about major privacy and security risks as such IoT devices proliferate.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 10, 2019, with the headline 'The coming security nightmare from IoT devices'. Print Edition | Subscribe