For many people, smart assistants, security cameras, smart switches, smart lights, and vacuums are rapidly becoming a part of everyday life. And our relationship with these devices — including their knowledge of us — is now more intimate than ever.
However, there is still a degree of anxiety keeping wider adoption at bay. Some businesses have resorted to giving away their "entry-level" products in order to overcome consumer wariness. Much of the resistance comes from an unfounded dread that your privacy would be invaded.
1. Data Ownership Issues
Even if the conveniencebenefits of smart home gadgets outweigh immediate privacy issues, many would-be buyers are hesitant by the lack of transparency around how their data is utilised and who it is shared with.
Many times, when you purchasea "dumb" product, you're still surrendering some degree of control
and data to the manufacturer — it's just that most consumers are unaware of this fact.
With a connected product, you're at least more aware that your data is being shared. In some cases, like with the Amazon Echo, you can even delete your voice recordings from the cloud.
The key for manufacturers willbe to provide greater transparency around how consumer data is being used and collected.
2. Privacy Issues
Some people are worried about smart homes because they believe that the technology will be used to invade their privacy. They are concerned that companies will be able to collect data about their daily routines and use it for marketing purposes.
3. Security and Control Issues
Additionally, some people believe that hackers will be able to gain access to smart home systems and use them to control devices in the home or to steal personal information.
4. Lack of Standardization
A final concern is the lack of standardization in the industry. Because there are so many different types of smart home devices and systems, it can be difficult for them to work together. This can make it harder to find compatible products and to get support if something goes wrong.
5. Compatibility Issues
Similarly, people may havetrouble using smart home devices from different manufacturers together. For example, a homeowner might have a Nest thermostat and an Amazon Echo. While these devices can work together to some extent, they do not work as seamlessly as products from the same company.
6. Steep Learning Curve
Another potential downside ofsmart homes is that they can have a steep learning curve. Some people may find it difficult to use all the features of their devices and systems. In addition, people may need to spend time configuring their devices and systems to work together.
The Need For Better Security
To stop feeling like companies know too much about us and could use that information against us, businesses need to be more transparent about how they collect and utilize customer data. Customers should understand what behavioral data is being collected, how it's being used to personalize services and advertising, which data points are the most important, and so on. Only then can we begin rebuilding trust betweencustomers and businesses.
With all of the concerns about smart home security, it is important to note that many of the same issues exist with traditional home security systems. In order to make your home as secure as
possible, you need to be aware of the potential risks and take steps to mitigate them.
At Home-A-Genius, we take security seriously. We have a team of experts who are constantly working to improve our security system and make sure that your data is safe.
If you're looking for a smarthome solution that will give you peace of mind, Home-A-Genius is the right choice for you.
Contact us today to learn more about our security system and how we can help you keep your home safe.