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Chapter 36. Connecting Your Home: Intern... > Features and Considerations

Features and Considerations

One of the barriers to adoption for the connected home to overcome are the security concerns around connecting critical home functions to the Internet. Computer viruses and unwanted email are already severe enough threats on the Internet, let alone having hackers attempt to open your front door or play with your thermostat.

The question to ask yourself is whether you would feel comfortable putting your home security and other controls on the Internet. For many, particularly the early adopters, the answer may be yes, but with considerable reservations. If the information is one-way and provides alerts and notifications only, then security is less an issue; that is, unless the alert states that you’ve left your front door open and someone can also determine your home address from the same message.


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