Connected Homes Not That Safe?

Show Me Your Keys

From Forbes –

When ‘Smart Homes’ Get Hacked: I Haunted A Complete Stranger’s House Via The Internet

I’m not sure why anyone is surprised by this. It seems everything is hackable these days. If the owner can connect to the home, it stands to reason that hackers could as well.

Of course, even physical keys can be duplicated

If you have $5.00, a digital camera or smartphone and know how to follow simple instructions, you can skip the key duplicating machine in the store and get duplicate keys sent right to you without ever leaving your sofa, thanks to

If someone really wants to get into a house, they’re going to.

I’ve yet to see or show a home in Charlottesville that has a “smart lock” but I’m sure I’ll see some in 2014.

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  1. Simon Campbell August 4, 2013 at 19:30

    Home security is becoming a serious selling point to prospective buyers. As crime increases – or at least the interest in safety increases – more buyers are interested in seeing that a home has some safety features. This does not mean that a homeowner needs to spring for a state of the art system, but often basic security measures can create market appeal.

  2. Lonnie Murray August 6, 2013 at 06:18

    I also think we’re just getting more paranoid. According to national crime statistics the rate of burglary has gone down rather sharply over the last decade:

    So… given this, why do we feel less safe? Also, it’s worth noting that these gated communities in the area are actually not that safe. Indeed, they promote a false sense of security. I was dating a girl in Glenmore when there were a bunch of robberies and everyone asked “how are THEY getting IN?” As it turns out, they were an inside job. Unsurprisingly their homeowners association itself feel victim to another inside job.

    I think if we want safer communities we need to realize that creating an US and THEM doesn’t make us safe. I suspect neighborhoods are safer where neighbors know each other better, and there is a stronger sense of community. Therefore, if you want a safer home, invite your neighbor over for a barbecue sometime or bring them some fresh vegetables from your garden!


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