Security weaknesses in web-connected home devices can leave our senior loved ones vulnerable to those who would do them harm.
Recent internet news makes that clear.
This vulnerability is only going to grow as technology provides more solutions to help older adults have healthy, safe, and comfortable lives in the homes of their choice.
As family caregivers, there are actions we can — and must — take to protect our seniors and help them protect themselves.
If we don’t, our senior loved ones will back away from connected devices and miss out on many benefits.
Recently hackers used millions of home devices in their web attacks.
The same vulnerability used in those attacks can also expose our seniors to harm in their own homes.
We hesitate to think about what that harm could entail, but much could happen as seniors (and all of us) rely more on our digital devices.
- Healthcare devices modified to block reporting to healthcare providers or even report inaccurate data
- Personal emergency response devices (PERS) reprogrammed to ignore calls for help or send false alarms
- Power to critical home equipment turned off or the whole house darkened
- Thermostat overridden to allow the home to reach dangerous temperatures during extreme weather
These just scratch the surface, but you get the idea.
Fortunately, protection is not difficult in most cases.
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