Food for Thought
Awesome job getting your act together with a slow-cooker meal for tonight! But before you congratulate yourself too much, understand that turning on your evening meal from the office may have just opened the back door to a cyber security hack on your phone—and your life.
Last year, two researchers found that Belkin's WeMo home automation devices (one of them a slow cooker) had flaws that were allowing hackers to take control of the devices and then get into the user's smartphone (via a flawed app) to track movements, scrape data and steal photos from their victims. Belkin has long since fixed the liabilities, but with the proliferation of home automation devices—many intended for your kitchen—be sure to do your security due diligence when you purchase a new gadget.