About that ‘smart home’ you…had…
The smart home company Insteon has vanished.
The entire company seems to have abruptly shut down just before the weekend, breaking users’ cloud-dependent smart-home setups without warning. Users say the service has been down for three days now despite the company status page saying, “All Services Online.” The company forums are down, and no one is replying to users on social media.
Full article, HERE from ArsTechnica.
I know I’m a dinosaur, but I just flat don’t want a ‘smart’ house. I don’t want someone to have the ability to hack my house and make it do things ‘I’ don’t want it to do, much less open the house to robbery, etc.
I do have an alarm system, not by choice, but required to get a low interest mortgage. But I also back it up with plain old smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers, along with other ‘home’ safety measures.
There are plenty of reports, or were, of hackers using ‘smart’ tech including electric meters, water usage, etc. to figure out when homeowners were gone and using that information (or selling it) to allow the house to be robbed.
YMMV, but those are ‘my’ thoughts.