Have you ever thought about buying a “smart home” device? These screen-less computing devices aim to bring a high level of “cool” and convenience by providing voice commands for everything from shopping online to turning off the lights.However, having a “smart” devices could hurt you.
Tripwire reports that Google is trying to fix a bug that causes its Google Home smart speakers and Chromecast television devices to reveal your location. This vulnerability can be used in conjunciton with other digital activities to positively establish your identity, but hackers may also use it for a variety of nefarious reasons.
Although Google devices are now in the spotlight regarding this threat, similar vulnerabilities affect many Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Quick Tip: Protect yourself from “connected” and “smart” devices by segmenting your network to prevent IoT attacks from disrupting your personal data. A simple way of doing this is to acquire a second router for your home for use only with Google Home and similar devices.
You may also want to consider connecting your home to the internet via a virtual private network (VPN) or anonymous proxy service. These may make your traffic appear to be coming from a different physical location.