For Some, Smart Homes May Be Too Smart – | Florida Realtors
Is the TV listening to me? Could a company get hacked and leak my doorbell videos? Smart devices make life easier but also make some people uncomfortable.
NEW YORK – While smart-home technology adds convenience to a homeowner’s lifestyle, many Americans worry about potential shortcomings when it comes to users’ privacy. The average person owns five smart-home devices, according to a new poll of 1,000 consumers conducted by Frontier, a telecommunications company. The most popular smart devices are TVs (61%), speakers (35%) and lightbulbs (25%).
However, less than one in four (22%) has a smart security system, roughly the same number that have a smart fridge.
Smart-home tech is leading to safety concerns, and about 30% of survey respondents have avoided smart locks due to security concerns – and more than two-thirds say they leave at least one smart-home device unplugged due to security concerns.
While it may just be an excuse not to adopt technology, about 60% of Americans surveyed said they consider themselves “very” or “extremely” concerned about the security of their smart-home tech.
Top smart-home security concerns
- Password problems: 41%
- Identity theft: 39%
- Having their location tracked: 36%
- Manipulating their data: 32%
- Home intrusion: 30%
- Outsides being able to spy on them: 29%
- Tech problems with their apps: 28%
- Cyberattacks: 28%
Source: “Safety Concerns in Today’s Smart Home,” Frontier (2022)
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