And by 2023 there will have been nearly 1.6 billion smart home devices shipped, according to the report from Trend Micro.
Trend Micro says the smart home device forecast is in line with the continuing adoption of the Internet of things (IoT) in homes around the world - and with the proliferation of various smart devices that either supersede or supplement regular home appliances and fixtures - and the expansion of these devices’ feature sets.
But, according to Trend Micro not all users have adequate knowledge of the IoT devices they connect to their home networks - much less of the security issues that may arise from the use of these devices.
“Fortunately, contrary to how cybercrime is commonly portrayed in the media, hackers do not compromise devices in mere seconds,” the report observes.
“In real-world scenarios, hackers spend weeks working within just the router systems, doing reconnaissance and research.
“All that time is spent in preparation for the day when they can spring into action and deal an attack on compromised devices. Knowing the threats to specific IoT devices and understanding their impact can help impress on users the need for a strong security stance when it comes to managing smart homes.
“This means taking a look at the wide range of smart home devices that may be vulnerable. These very devices can work against the convenience of users and turn into tools for compromise and disruption instead,” the report concludes.
Trend Micro lists some devices it says may pose a greater risk than others, including:
- Smart locks – unlock the house for intruders to easily enter; lock out users or residents and block the house remotely, or change the lock password remotely
- Smartwatches – spoof the user’s smartphone from the smartwatch; steal the user’s health data; send fake text messages from the smartwatch
- Smart toys – record the voices of the toy’s players and leak the recordings online, or use the toy to gain access to the home network
- Smart vacuum – track the home layout or monitor room activities remotely which can lead to planning further activities and movement