With an estimated 26-50 billion connected devices expected to be sharing data with each other and the internet, consumer security is now becoming an issue. It’s something we wouldn’t think twice about before buying our iPhones and Nest’s. A simple four digit PIN would surely do the trick, right? Wrong, a security study conducted by Hewlett-Packard of ten popular connected devices exposed the amount security flaws that threaten the consumer. The grand total was 250 security flaws or about 25 per device and even though they never released exactly what brands and models they tested, the constant was the stripped down version of Linux they were running. Protecting ourselves from would be info thieves is going to be a heads up exercise for the near future but hopefully with more public awareness and involvement these manufacturers will start to implement better security measures.

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