The software in off-brand smart devices is fraught with security issues

Six years later, things are not much better, but our adoption of products for connected homes has exploded. More than 77 percent of households with a WiFi network reported owning at least one smart home device in 2021, compared to 65 percent just a year earlier, according to research firm IDC. But smart home devices outside the brand can be fraught with vulnerable software, and shoppers have no way of knowing it. Once inside your house, these products are left exposed to criminals. Smart home devices from name brands like Apple, Amazon and Google meanwhile come with well-documented privacy concerns – do people really want audio from their homes handed over to giant technology companies with far-reaching advertising companies? Shoppers are stuck in the middle and make difficult decisions between privacy and security.

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