Do you need face recognition installed in your home? Probably not yet. However home automation is growing up. In the past 6 months or so, I’ve heard about so many hack smart home automation projects. I found most of them might go in the wrong direction.
At Kisi we’ve published an IoT security whitepaper before and also asked IoT experts to define the term “IoT”, but you can find this info anywhere else. What you can’t find really is solid instructions how to set up your smart home system.
Typically everyone these days starts with Amazon Alexa. More and more people seem to work on those type of hack smart home projects. You don’t want your devices found on hack IoT search engines like Shodan (we’ll talk about that in a separate post) and you certainly don’t want to trust manufacturers – because reportedly 80% of IoT devices are not testet for security flaws.
Here is a hack smart home checklist to create a secure setup.
Celebrity Home Automation Lists
There are great examples of home automation: Mark Zuckerberg created a high end home automation AI personal assistant which uses face recognition leveraging 6 different cameras. Notable also marketing whiz kid’s Noah Kagan published his top 10 home automation list.
The security risk of hacking home automation
However I mostly feel like this got it a bit backwards.
Home automation today is not about going to buy the next gizmo and plugging it in your outlet. This is exactly what makes your setup vulnerable.
Professional home IoT automation is about strategically building up an ecosystem at home that is both secure and helps you automate your life easier and faster.
And yes, if you don’t want to do it yourself, there are certainly companies who do home automation, a local yelp search might be a good start for this.
Hack smart home security roadmap
That’s why I came up with a “hack smart home security” roadmap I’m going to do over the next 6 months. As projects materialize I’ll link them from this post so in the end we’ll have a full library or template on how to automate your home:
- How to make your internet and router home automation ready – this is the basics, really don’t skip this. ever.
- Cabling your home to make home automation as easy as possible. If you don’t want to go full wi-fi with everything you’ll need to cable things.
- Installing connected smart home door security, smart locks and wireless doorbell. Sometimes buying a smart deadbolt is not secure enough, how to do it business grade.
- Secure home video surveillance installation. Don’t flood your home wifi with video streaming, how to keep your HBO and Netflix alive but have HD video streaming in your home.
- Speaker and soundsystem installation that supports smart home IoT – in the end you’d want to listen to music or instructions from Alexa.
- Secure smart home voice recognition installation (most likely Alexa – there it is!). Do you install Alexa in every room or how does it all work?
- Alarm system and sensors that are easy to manage and don’t cost monthly
If there are any other things you guys would recommend, feel free to add it in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.