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Cybercriminals Can Use Smart Bulbs to Steal Your Data

By Click&Clean - Monday, 17 February 2020. It's amazing how quickly smart home tech has been improved. Smart home items and system services make household life easier and more luxurious. One of the many smart home devices is the smart bulb.

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Smart bulbs, to lay it out plainly, are light bulbs that can be controlled remotely via mobile app or using voice assistant systems like Google Home, Amazon Echo, and Apple's HomePod. Most smart bulbs use wireless communication systems like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-Wave, or infrared wavelength.

Hackers Can Steal Your Data Via Smart Bulbs
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They guarantee energy efficiency and many features, such as choosing different lighting colors, creating custom lighting scenes, and many more. Be that as it may, they do have their drawbacks. The security vulnerabilities in smart bulbs could actually leave your home unsafe from cyber attackers.

According to recent research, hackers can compromise a home or business network via smart bulbs by gaining control of an individual bulb and then installing malware on it that allows hackers to access Internet connection and devices connected to it.

As the assaults' directions are coming from inside the home Wi-Fi network or business wireless network, the property holder might be completely unaware of what is happening.

How to Protect Yourself and Prevent a Smart Bulb Attack

Here are some simple steps to help you ensure the security of your smart bulbs and keep your home safe.

1. Review Your Smart Bulbs Privacy Settings

Carefully configure the security features in your smart bulb app, such as the Philips Hue app, LIFX app, Eufy app, Geeni app, etc. If there are any features you don't need, then don't use them.

2. Keep Your Smart Bulb Firmware and Apps Up to Date

Be sure that you enable auto-updates for your smart bulbs in the app on your iOS or Android phone. But it's important to remember that firmware doesn't update itself automatically all the time. So, you need to routinely update your smart bulbs firmware via the smart bulb app settings to shield your devices from security vulnerabilities.

3. Change and Update Your App Passwords

To ensure the security of your account, it's important to use strong and easy-to-remember passwords for your smart bulb application and to change them frequently.

4. Monitor Your Smart Bulbs

Stay alert to any unusual activities or connections from your smart devices. If your smart bulbs act strange, e.g., glitching, malfunctioning, or flickering, take the precautions as described in the steps above without delay.

If you can't find one of your smart bulbs in the list of your connected devices in the app, you can unplug it and then connect it to the test network so that your other connected devices are not exposed to a security risk.

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