Step Up Your Smart-Home Security Now

NATHAN OLIVAREZ-GILES for The Wall Street Journal:  Connected cameras and other smart-home devices promise a Jetsons-esque future. But as a recent hijacking of more than 100,000 networked cameras and DVRs demonstrates, they also provide fertile ground for hackers. “You should make the assumption that anything that’s internet accessible is hackable. If it has a camera or a mic built in, it can be taken over,” said Kenneth White, a security researcher and director of the Open Crypto Audit Project, a nonprofit that promotes cybersecurity. To protect yourself, you have to have the right perspective. “You need to take this seriously, but not be afraid of it either,” he said. Once you accept that hacking happens, embrace the security at your disposal. Here are some easy tips to help you step up your smart-home defenses:   Cont'd...

Introducing RATtrap, the world's first subscription free smart firewall for home users

IoT Defense launches RATtrap to protect the consumer Internet of Things (IoT)

Monitronics Begins New Era Of Smart Home Security; Rebrands As "MONI"

New Name Reflects the Company's Evolution as a Smart Home Security Solutions Organization with Faster, More Personalized Offerings

Amazon Will Let the Mailman Unlock and Enter Your Smart Home

Mike Brown for Inverse:  Amazon is trialing a new technology that would allow delivery personnel to enter your smart home unaided, dropping off packages and hopefully not eating any grapes on the way out. It’s all thanks to two startups Amazon is reportedly partnering with two startups: Garageio, which makes smart garage doors, and August Home, which makes smart locks. The companies are working with the retail giant to give consumers the option at the checkout of granting one-time access to the delivery address. A report from The Information, which revealed the initiative, explained that the feature could be useful for people concerned with leaving valuable packages on doorsteps. The service could also cut down on waste packaging, as Amazon could cut down on protection necessary for leaving parcels exposed to the elements. Although it’s not clear at this stage when the service will become widely available, Amazon has conducted a small series of tests in the Seattle area.   Cont'd...

What Is the Real Value of IoT?

Technology can be used in many different ways but we continue to be responsible for how we use it. It would be a mistake to ignore how it can help us live better lives: a connected world is a better world.

80% of U.S. SMBs have concerns about using cloud-based services

IoT research firm announces new reports examining technology needs of SMB markets

Leviton Launches VerifEye™ BMO 3.0 Energy Monitoring and Tenant Billing Software and App

End-to-End Energy Efficiency Solution Features Expansion Modules for Code Compliance, Dashboard Reporting, and Tenant Billing

Wink Introduces Next Generation Wink Hub 2 To Simplify The Smart Home

Industry-First Software Upgrades in Wink App 5.0 to Provide Greater Convenience, Ease-of-Use

Kanda Launch New Microcontroller Programming Kit

The new Kanda MICRO--X microcontroller programming kit is for anybody who wants to learn microcontroller programming or who teaches it. Its unique blend of modular hardware, software and tutorials makes learning easy. Microcontrollers are the key to modern electronics so why not grab this opportunity to learn how to use them?

eSentire Ranks No. 136 on the 2016 PROFIT 500

PROFIT and Canadian Business Unveils 28th Annual List of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies

24% of consumers with a sleep disorder want to know more about connected health technology solutions

Senior Research Director to Present Keynote Address at Sleep Technology Summit, September 26

Houzz: Consumers Embracing Smart Home Technology

MEGAN SALZANO for HomeWorld Business:  Houzz’s recent home trends survey identified a growing consumer awareness and integration of smart home technology when it comes to home renovations and remodeling. The survey revealed that 45% of renovating homeowners are incorporating smart technology, systems or devices into their home that can be monitored or controlled via smartphone, tablet or computer. Houzz’s 2016 U.S. Smart Home Trends Survey of nearly 1,000 homeowners in the midst of, planning, or who have recently completed a home renovation project, was conducted in collaboration with CEDIA. According to the survey, renovated homes are more than twice as likely to include a smart system or device than before the renovation, 51% versus 20%, respectively. In terms of connected product category, the survey showed 25% of homeowners are installing smart devices for security and safety, 18% for entertainment, 14% for climate control and 12% for lighting. It also showed that 30% of upgraded smart home systems or devices can be controlled via a central hub and 26% include voice-controlled features.   Cont'd...

Consumer Electronics Distributors Prepares for Annual Fall Ball

Midwest regional distributor C.E.D. invites dealers and industry affiliates to join them for any of their three full-day events in October to experience the latest technology, meet with manufacturer reps and take advantage of special promotions.

18% of U.S. broadband households own a wearable fitness device

Digital health research finds smart watches preferred over fitness trackers for sports activities

Amped Wireless Announces New Long-Range HD Wi-Fi Cameras, APOLLO, Available for Pre-Order Today

Designed to penetrate through walls and floors, APOLLO provides up to three times more range than standard cameras.

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