It seems like almost every appliance you can buy these days has some kind of “smart” function. Pretty much every television, speaker system, doorbell, light bulb, thermostat, refrigerator, and even toaster that’s on the market these days come with Alexa, Google, or Siri, or even all three. While there’s no doubt that having a home with smart capabilities can make your life easier and more convenient, are there any potential issues that this can cause?
One rather obvious potential issue is the privacy and security vulnerabilities that come from any internet-capable device. No one wants their smart home device doing things they don’t want it to, but that potential exists for any device that someone outside your home could potentially access. For that reason, make sure the manufacturer and vendor you buy smart devices from are reputable. Another important step is to keep privacy and security settings on your devices in place according to your needs.