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4 steps to make your smart home more security smart

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Smart homes — in which IoT devices such as thermostats or ovens can be programmed from anywhere — are popular with consumers who seek convenience. Some people, however, may not realize the connected devices or appliances they’ve grown to depend on could leak private information or be susceptible to hackers. In the rush to get products to market, smart device makers may not see security as a priority. However, recent studies indicate they should if they want consumers to continue buying.

In January 2016, Accenture reported that 47% of consumers said privacy risks or security concerns were reasons they wouldn’t buy smart things. Of consumers who had bought IoT devices, 18% returned them until they felt more secure that their sensitive information couldn’t be hacked.


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