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Radiation-blocking underwear and 18 other bizarre smart things that could let hackers into your smart home (and one device to protect you)

No object, however mundane, cannot be improved with a computer chip: this seems to be the philosophy driving development of smart things in the smart home arena. It was partly this scattergun approach that prompted Wired magazine to prophesise the demise of the internet of things (IoT) at the start of 2017. Click on the icons in our infographic below to check out 19 of the most bizarre or according to IoT sceptics pointless devices that are creating new vectors of attack for cybercriminals.

Security is little more than an afterthought on too many devices, with criminals able to guess default usernames and passwords by trawling Google. We haven t chosen these 19 devices based on security some may have very rigorous security mechanisms in place. Rather, we chose the most bizarre devices, and paradoxically, in this context, bizarre also means mundane the point being: is a smart hair brush or smart fork really going to deliver benefits that warrant creating new avenues through which hackers could break into your home network? Several products designed to boost IoT security were launched at CES 2017, suggesting the industry is waking up to the threat. We ve included one of them below flagged with a red icon. Free Download: the Cyber Security Crashcourse This report contains 40 slides packed with insight into the trends shaping the industry and how you can protect yourself. Eric Hansleman from 451 Research presents a rapid-fire overview of cyber security.

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5 fire-safety innovations showcased at CES 2017

5 Fire-safety Innovations Showcased At CES 2017

A hearing aid that connects to smoke alarms via Wi-Fi (image above) and a smart oven that turns itself off to cut fire risk were among the innovations on show at the world s biggest consumer electronics event.

1. HomeKit-enabled smoke alarm can turn on lights as well as audio signal The HomeKit-compatible smart smoke alarm from Netatmo activates an 85-decibel chime when it detects smoke. Real-time smoke alert notifications are sent to paired smartphones, whether the homeowner is at home or not.

Unveiled at CES 2017 the alarm s most intriguing feature is the configuration of scenarios made possible by compatibility with HomeKit the software interface that links iPhones with smart-home appliances. Users could, for example, configure their phone to switch on all smart lights in the house as well as triggering an audio alarm. Otherwise, the alarm s features mirror those seen on competitor products from Nest, Halo and First Alert. An alert is sent when the battery is approaching the end of its lifetime but given this is supposedly a full 10 years there s a strong chance you ll have replaced the device with a more sophisticated model by then. The alarm performs regular battery and performance tests, generating self-check reports on the user s app. Netatmo s alarm is also sophisticated enough to distinguish between smoke from a fire and smoke from burnt toast or another false trigger. Using the Netatmo Security app users can silence the alarm with the Bluetooth LE hush feature and check its status on an integrated LED strip positioned on the front of the alarm. Another Netatmo product was credited with preventing tragedy following a house fire and it wasn t a smoke alarm.

2. Hearing aids that connect to IoT smoke alarms Oticon showcased a remarkable new hearing aid in Las Vegas.

Launched in June 2016 Opn (see image at top of page) is the world s first smart hearing aid that connects directly to internet of things (IoT) devices, including smart smoke alarms. The hearing aids, which could also link to things like smart doorbells or TVs, can receive signals direct from alarms and turn down competing background sounds so the alarm is unmistakable and unignorable. Oticon s Opn connects to the web via IFTTT, which in theory makes it compatible with any IoT device. Opn, which can be customised to the person s skin tone or tastes, is particularly invaluable in noisy environments, given that hearing loss often makes it difficult to separate individual sounds and their sources from a cacophony of noise. The smart hearing aids use machine learning to recognise voices through frequency ranges and patterns and turn the volume down on other background sounds. The specific sound profile can be acutely tailored to only address the areas of hearing loss they suffer from. Oticon Opn triumphed in the 2017 CES Innovations Awards in two categories: Tech for a Better World and Wearable Technologies. A Velox sound processor powers Oticon s proprietary BrainHearing technology. embedded content 3.

Oven that prevents fires and false alarms from GE Appliances GE Appliances collaborated with Nest Protect so that the latter s smart smoke alarms can be integrated with the former s ovens. The detector, which also detects carbon monoxide, sounds an alarm and sends notifications to the user s smartphone when the oven has been deactivated. Cooking should be an enjoyable experience, but we know that sometimes there are mishaps in the kitchen, said Paul Surowiec, vice president for cooking products at GE Appliances. Our integration with Nest Protect helps us ensure that our connected oven owners are safer when cooking, especially when the oven is left unattended. Nest Protect features a split-spectrum sensor that uses two wavelengths of light to distinguish between fast- and slow-burning fires. Residents can remotely silence an alarm using the app silence function, even when not at home. From their smartphone they can also conduct safety checkups on sensors, Wi-Fi connection, horn and speaker. Find out more about this innovation.

4. Airthings Wave detects deadly radon gas Airthings Wave alerts householders to the presence of a gas which is believed to be the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Tens of thousands of deaths globally are attributed to radon, including 21,000 Americans more than six times the number of deaths attributed annually to house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning combined. Until now tests for radon usually involve charcoal canisters, which take a snapshot of radon levels and only provide results after samples have been sent for analysis in a lab. The constant, real-time monitoring offered by Airthings Wave represents a meaningful advance given that radon levels fluctuate depending on climate, ventilation levels and time of year, among other factors. The rise of the internet of things (IoT) has emboldened Airthings to believe that radon monitoring could and should become as affordable and commonplace as smoke detection. Find out more about this innovation.

5. Norton Cure IOT router OK, so we re cheating a bit here: it s not a fire safety innovation as such. But bear with us. Anything connected to the internet can conceivably be hacked and that includes smart smoke alarms. Therefore safeguarding your Wi-Fi network and attached devices against the nefarious intrusions of cybercriminals is wise.

Of course, you could draw the conclusion that the cyber risk which you can never 100% eliminate means that you ll stick to your analogue smoke alarm thank you very much. If you do want to go smart, then you may be interested in Symantec Norton s new product, which it claims is the most secure router in the world. If that s the most relevant insight about the product if the claim stands up to scrutiny then the most fascinating one to non-technophiles at any rate is surely its appearance. A geodesic orb, it looks like it could be an object of portentous power in a sci-fi fantasy film. One might presume that the shape is purely aesthetic. Not so, according to Symantec Norton. The antenna is apparently inspired by defense and weather radars for better wireless coverage. The Core will inspect every packet of data for known malware and will automatically quarantine any device running firmware known to be a security risk. It s powerful too, boasting a 1.7GHz dual-core chip processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi broadcasting on both 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands, with a maximum throughput of 2,500Mbps.

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CES 2017: The top 5 trends in security tech

CES 2017: The Top 5 Trends In Security Tech

As CES 2017 closes its doors for another year, let s take a look at some of the trends apparent on the show floor this time around.

1. Is the IoT industry finally taking cyber vulnerabilities seriously? The sharks have smelled the blood in the water and they re now circling to use your IoT device for further attacks, James Lyne, global head of security research for Sophos, told CNBC.

Chances are right now if you re buying an Internet of Things device, you re more likely to be buying something insecure, than secure, continued Lyne, who has demonstrated on YouTube how to hack a security camera. Ominous words indeed. With the number of IoT devices projected to grow from 12 billion to about 30 billion by 2020, the vectors of cyber attack are multiplying faster than cyber security professionals (of whom there are all too few) can keep up with. Security is little more than an afterthought on too many devices, with criminals able to guess default usernames and passwords by trawling Google. If this year s CES was anything to go by, the industry may belatedly be waking up to the threat. The consequences of a hacked autonomous car are particularly terrifying. Enter Bosch, which has launched a mixture of keyless entry and digital key sharing. Perfectly Keyless, whereby the owner opens or locks the car doors with their smartphone, purports to removes needless complexity that could be exploited by hackers and coordinate transmission and receipt of data through a central gateway on its own servers. As for the smart home, Symantec Norton unveiled what it claims is the most secure router in the world.

If that s the most relevant insight about the product if the claim stands up to scrutiny then the most fascinating one to non-technophiles at any rate is surely its appearance. A geodesic orb, it looks like it could be an object of portentous power in a sci-fi fantasy film. Core will inspect every packet of data for known malware and will automatically quarantine any device running firmware known to be a security risk. Securifi, meanwhile, launched a mobile app that works with the new Almond 3 router that shows what IoT devices are on a home network and highlights vulnerabilities like easy to guess passwords or open ports. The app will take users through the steps to fix security weaknesses. The next-generation of Bitdefender BOX was unveiled. Bitdefender s IoT security hardware protects against malware, hackers, ransomware, phishing and other online threats with data anonymization, malware scanning, machine-learning algorithms and network intrusion prevention technology. Fortress Cyber Security launched Fortress UTM, a residential unified threat management (UTM) appliance. Securing both computers and internet of things (IoT) systems, it s the first solution of its type, providing intrusion detection and prevention, firewall and anti-virus for all Wi-Fi and IoT/Ethernet attached systems, seeks to combat the growing threat of data theft, ransomware, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and the commandeering of corporate IT resource to distribute stolen content or host and distribute sexually explicit material.

2. Developers will literally put a chip in anything When microwave ovens became popular in the 1980s many people got so excited they cooked literally anything and everything in them from bacon to whole chickens (no doubt many people still do) and were egged on by ostensibly authoritative cookbooks dedicated to the art of microwave cooking. The still fairly novel concept of connecting everyday objects to the internet has set loose a comparable mania for applying the IoT concept as widely as possible.

From homeware to clothing and personal accessories, no thing is too humdrum that someone hasn t already put a computer chip in it or eventually will. For every transformative invention there are countless downright daft ones it s very much about throwing the proverbial mud against the proverbial wall at this juncture. Twenty years from now we ll look back and marvel at a handful of technologies that had a profound impact on reducing drudgery and enhancing our leisure times. And then we ll consider the smart hairbrush (something the satirical account @theinternetofshit has already railed against). Or the smart suitcase cover. It will be fascinating to see which ones sink without a trace (later to re-emerge on what were they thinking? type TV programmes), which ones sell well and which ones have a meaningful impact on society. And it probably isn t as obvious which ones fall into which category as you might think.

3. Cameras are king just as in the commercial security world Walk around any major security trade show and CCTV cameras still dominate.

The emergence of video analytics and ever higher resolutions have sustained interest in cameras long after countries like the UK reached saturation point with network camera coverage. Now surveillance cameras have been repackaged for the consumer market they re eclipsing other security technologies in terms of media coverage and number of products launched there too. Trawl Google, Twitter and other platforms for CES 2017 related security tech and cameras and you ll see what I mean.

4. Camera-light combos If cameras are king then one type of camera in particular has been particularly apparent this year: the surveillance camera-cum-lamp or floodlight. Light bulb maker Bell & Wyson is unveil;ed a light bulb with a concealed camera embedded at CES 2017. The low energy (11W) LED bulb-cum-camera has a TF slot and two-way microphone and will stream footage to tablets and smartphones via Wi-Fi. Ring also launched an outdoor floodlight camera. A motion-activated security camera the Floodlight Cam features built-in 3K lumen LED floodlights, a 270-degree field-of-view, facial recognition, a 110-decibel siren alarm, two-way audio and infrared night vision. The camera, which is hardwired and can be installed without professional help, is controlled via Wi-Fi via an iPhone or Android-based smartphone. The camera also incorporates a siren, which the householder can turn on to deter suspicious persons. Users can also yell out would-be intruders through the Floodlight Cam s loudspeaker.

The camera is weatherproof and can cope with temperatures between -5 F (-20 C) and 120 F (48 C).

5. DIY install For installers home automation meant installing high spec systems for very affluent customers or technophiles who could stretch to the high cost. The falling cost of the technology means this is changing, but just as a new opportunity presents itself, another threat becomes apparent. Most kit can be installed by the user and doing so is only becoming easier. So why shell out for professional installers or pay monthly fees for round the clock monitoring? Thankfully, as far as installers are concerned, mostcustomers still prefer a professional service to one they set up and monitor by themselves, surveys have indicated. Among the reasons this is still the case is lower insurance rates.

To stay relevant installers should allow homeowners more freedom to customize systems with the devices and services they really want, else they lose more customers to the DIY market, according to Bryn Huntpalmer.

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CES 2017: first enterprise-grade complete solution for IoT data security unveiled

CES 2017: First  Enterprise-grade Complete Solution  For IoT Data Security Unveiled

Securing the IoT Fortress Cyber Security has launched Fortress UTM, a residential unified threat management (UTM) appliance, at CES 2017. Securing both computers and internet of things (IoT) systems, it s the first solution of its type. With the IoT market exploding and cyber security professionals scrambling to keep up, IoT developers have been accused of complacency over the threat posed by hackers.

Fortress UTM, which provides intrusion detection and prevention, firewall and anti-virus for all Wi-Fi and IoT/Ethernet attached systems, seeks to combat the growing threat of data theft, ransomware, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and the commandeering of corporate IT resource to distribute stolen content or host and distribute sexually explicit material. Until now, there has been no enterprise-grade complete solution for home worker IT/IoT data security, says Peter Kassabov, chairman of Fortress Cyber Security. Alternatives are single-function solutions that protect the PC, but don t deliver comprehensive services to every attached device. The modern cybercriminal is both sophisticated and patient Fortress UTM provides consumers with an easy-to-use device with monitoring, detection and defense for the threats they never saw coming. Features: Attacker behavior detection Device vulnerability assessments CyberGuard 24/7, a security operations centre providing incident response and mitigation services Real-time verification of every connection in the home and capture and detonation of any connection brought into home from an outside network 7 touch screen displays network status by colour (green, yellow and red) Users prioritise connectivity for three devices, device activity and filtering and what devices are connected to the appliance. Powered by ARM processor from NXP Semiconductor and features dual band 3/3 802.11ac Wi-Fi, full router capabilities and 4 Gigabit-Ethernet ports Fortress will be pitched as a cyber security as a service solution through collaborations with home security providers and luxury home builders. Download: The Video Surveillance Report 2016 This exclusive report covers the security needs of surveillance systems as shaped by the physical environment including: What do security professionals think about plug-and-play systems Challenges like low-light conditions or large spaces and the threats posed in various sectors Which cutting-edge features such as mobile access, PTZ smart controls or 4K resolution are most important to security professionals What are the most important factors driving upgrades and would end users consider an upgrade to HD analogue Download the full report here.

The 5 most innovative security products launched at CES 2017

The 5 Most Innovative Security Products Launched At CES 2017

And last year we flagged the iris-enabled ATM machine, the spherical smart-home camera and the solar-powered lock that draws energy from your porch light. As the internet of things continues to give rise to a smorgasbord of quirky, ingenious and downright daft digital takes on everyday things, CES is always a fascinating visit, even for non-technophiles. Here are five of the most interesting security innovations unveiled at this year s edition, once again taking place over four days in Las Vegas.

1. Kuri the robot nanny Not dissimilar to the robotic love interest in dystopian, but redemptive Pixar hit Wall-E, Kuri possesses qualities that you don t necessarily associate with security sentries. Basically, Kuri looks cute.

Admittedly, it doesn t have a lot going on in terms of facial features, but somehow the spherical head with cute round eyes arop an egg-shaped body is enough to ratchet up the cute factor. Developed by Mayfield Robotics Kuri is also equipped with a surveillance camera, facial recognition software and chirps and nods (it doesn t talk though) that further buttress its appeal to children. The robot appears to possess deep learning capabilities, as it can learn how to navigate around your home dodging objects with the help a laser sensor once it becomes acquainted with the layout. Other features: iOS and Android app Three hours of battery life A four-microphone array to hear voice commands 2. The light bulb with a hidden security camera Light bulb maker Bell & Wyson has launched a light bulb with a concealed camera embedded. The low energy (11W) LED bulb-cum-camera has a TF slot and two-way microphone and will stream footage to tablets and smartphones via Wi-Fi. The idea behind the innovation is that intruders, unaware of the light bulb s dual purpose, will neither seek to evade it gaze nor tear it from the wall/ceiling. And of course, like traditional security lights, it could deter breaking and entering as it gives the impression that someone is home. Click here to find out more.

3. Norton Cure IOT router Symantec Norton has unveiled what it claims is the most secure router in the world. If that s the most relevant insight about the product if the claim stands up to scrutiny then the most fascinating one to non-technophiles at any rate is surely its appearance.

A geodesic orb, it looks like it could be an object of portentous power in a sci-fi fantasy film. One might presume that the shape is purely aesthetic. Not so, according to Symantec Norton. The antenna is apparently inspired by defense and weather radars for better wireless coverage. With all manner of everyday household objects being fitted with computer chips and WiFi connectors, the internet of things is growing faster than cyber security professionals (of whom there are all too few) can keep up with. Designed to prevent hacking attempts at most home network s most vulnerable point, the router, the Core is an ambitious attempt to redress the balance. It will inspect every packet of data for known malware and will automatically quarantine any device running firmware known to be a security risk. It s powerful too, boasting a 1.7GHz dual-core chip processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi broadcasting on both 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands, with a maximum throughput of 2,500Mbps.

4. Ring Motion Flood Light Ring, which is best known for its video doorbells, has launched an outdoor floodlight camera.

A motion-activated security camera the Floodlight Cam features built-in 3K lumen LED floodlights, a 270-degree field-of-view, facial recognition, a 110-decibel siren alarm, two-way audio and infrared night vision. The camera, which is hardwired and can be installed without professional help, is controlled via Wi-Fi via an iPhone or Android-based smartphone. The camera also incorporates a siren, which the householder can turn on to deter suspicious persons. Users can also yell out would-be intruders through the Floodlight Cam s loudspeaker. The camera is weatherproof and can cope with temperatures between -5 F (-20 C) and 120 F (48 C).

5. R econnaissance drones for the home Admittedly, this is actually only at the conceptual stage but was too intriguing to ignore. At CES 2017 Alarm.com and Qualcomm have revealed that they are working on camera-equipped drones that would fly through your home to investigate anomalous activity, such as an unusual noise or tripped motion sensor. They would then record footage with their on-board cameras and send the resulting video to your smartphone. Essentially, they would act as reconnaissance drones, a first in the booming drone market.

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CES 2017 sneak preview: Oven that prevents fires and false alarms set to be unveiled by GE Appliances

CES 2017 Sneak Preview: Oven That Prevents Fires And False Alarms Set To Be Unveiled By GE Appliances

Smart home CES 2017 will feature an oven that turns itself off when smoke or fire is detected. Developed by GE Appliances the appliance has been integrated with Google s Nest Protect, a smart smoke alarm for the home. The detector, which also detects carbon monoxide, sounds an alarm and sends notifications to the user s smartphone when the oven has been deactivated.

GE announced the Nest integration in the build-up to CES 2017, which kicks off today in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cooking should be an enjoyable experience, but we know that sometimes there are mishaps in the kitchen, said Paul Surowiec, vice president for cooking products at GE Appliances. Our integration with Nest Protect helps us ensure that our connected oven owners are safer when cooking, especially when the oven is left unattended. Nest Protect features a split-spectrum sensor that uses two wavelengths of light to distinguish between fast- and slow-burning fires. Residents can remotely silence an alarm using the app silence function, even when not at home. From their smartphone they can also conduct safety checkups on sensors, Wi-Fi connection, horn and speaker. Last year we spoke to Nest Labs general manager for Europe Lionel Paillet about how the Nest Protect smoke and carbon-monoxide alarm tests itself 400 times a day and speaks to smart-home lighting during an emergency. The Nest Protect alarm redefines what people should expect from their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, he said. Paillet spoke at FIREX 2016 about how to combat False alarms in the smart home.

The Nest Protect smoke and CO2 alarm Nest Labs was founded in 2011 by former Apple employees Tony Fadell and Matt Rodgers, who sold the company to Google for $3.2bn ( 1.8 billion) in 2014. Other Nest products include the Nest Learning Thermostat and indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras. Free download covering legal requirements for responsible persons under the FSO, courtesy of the IOSH, BIFM and USHA approved UK provider of health, safety and environmental information.

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