Internet of Things

Overcoming Smart Home Security Challenges With “Data over Sound”

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Smart home devices have taken the tech market by storm. However, there are still some lingering fear regarding the security of these gadgets. Here's an insight on how TrillBit is dedicated to eliminate security breaches using Data over Sound

Technology has come a very long way since the advent of its pre mechanical age in 3000 BC. The Internet has not only penetrated every household, but it has also become very closely intertwined with our daily lives. With the emergence of IoT, the world witnessed another extraordinary upside to technological innovation. IoT integrates internet connectivity into the most mundane daily objects, transforming them into “smart devices” that can be controlled automatically with the help of sensors or voice-based commands.

However, recent findings have clearly revealed that despite the massive proliferation of smart home devices in the current market, the adoption rate of these devices is fairly low. In simpler words, although there is an abundance of IoT based smart gadgets (such as smart speakers, smartwatches, smart bulbs, etc) available in the market, most consumers have been opting out of purchasing these products. A survey by Park Associates in 2022 revealed that one out of 1 in 3  consumers list security concerns as the primary challenge that creates the huge adoption barrier for smart home devices. Security concerns have been a thriving reason behind the adoption challenges smart home devices face, especially in 2022. Most consumers have expressed considerable concern when it comes to the security protocols adopted by these gadgets. Online transfer of Wifi credentials for network provisioning maximizes the chances of malware attacks and phishing, resulting in corruption of sensitive information. This particular pain point has prevented many eager consumers from making buying decisions in favour of smart home devices.

Recent research by Kaspersky, the world’s leading anti-virus and computer security service provider, suggests that 1.51 billion smart home cyberattacks have occurred within the first 6 months of 2021! This indicates a steep rise from 639 million attacks in 2020. Research by Avira has also revealed that smart TVs have been at the forefront of the most hacked devices over the past few years. In 2018, ADB. Miner hacked into android based smart TVs in order to mine cryptocurrency for hackers. Moreover, the integrated cameras present in these devices can be hijacked to spy on the users and extract sensitive user details. Devices such as Amazon Echo or Alexa are prone to communication protocol vulnerabilities, malware attacks and Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) misconfigurations.

Voice Commerce is another wing of IoT that has suffered exponential losses due to AI-generated “deep fakes”. In 2017, the world was shaken beyond belief when a deepfake video of Barack Obama surfaced on the internet. This machine-backed synthetic media technology can be exploited to manipulate smart devices and retrieve sensitive information of the users such as Wifi credentials, credit card information and a lot more.

Paving Way For Seamless Integration with Data over Sound

The challenges revolving around security and network authentication have been daunting and have impacted the psychology of buyers for several years. Does this indicate an end to the smart home era? Absolutely not.

Technology has been advancing and it's time to switch to a more reliable mode. TrillBit’s “Data over Sound” technology is dedicated to promoting a seamless user experience by maximizing the simplicity of data transfer and providing a fast, secure and frictionless set-up procedure. Data over Sound enables an offline transfer of cryptographically secure Wifi credentials between the user’s phone and the new smart device with the aid of sound waves, minimizing the threats of cyberattacks and phishing. Moreover, network provisioning and device authentication protocol can become severely uncomplicated with Data over Sound. 

How Does TrillBit’s Data over Sound Technology help in Device Security?

Data over Sound technology plays a crucial role in cutting down the complications and the unnecessary threats when it comes to managing balance between user experience and security. With this pioneering technology, users can transfer cryptographically encrypted digital data which is not susceptible to cyberthreats and malware attacks.

TrillBit’s pioneering ultrasonic authentication technology is cryptographically secure to prevent any chances of middlemen attacks such as phishing. The data transferred over sound is layered with customisable encryptions that prevent any chances of information leakage as in the case of online network provisioning. Moreover, TrillBit supports industry-standard encryptions such as AES, RSA, and TOTP that work across all platforms to ensure that only approved devices are able to onboard and complete the provisioning procedure.As per stringent regulations made by various governments (e.g 2018 law passed by California state to ban default password in connected devices) and making it mandatory for IoT companies to have unique id and password for devices, IoT companies are facing challenges of implementing unique ID and password for commissioning and access of devices without introducing more complexity for users. IoT devices setup in current form itself is a challenge for common user and now adhering to new guidelines is really a nightmare for device manufacturers.  

Trillbit provides secured commissioning and access of IoT devices through its “data over sound” platform and adopting industry standard protocols like FIDO. Trillbit not only securely provides network credential to new IoT device but also enable transferring private cryptography of new device to register and verify the device through the network. Moreover, to block hackers gaining access to critical devices like Home security cameras, it only allow those devices to access the devices remotely who has already been authenticated and verified through proximity verification mechanism of Trillbit. This part is very important because there are numerous incidents of hackers gaining access to smart cameras and its feed remotely by hacking user’s home wifi and by accessing  the feed remotely after accessing the crednetial of these devices.

Now, Trillbit ensures that unless your device has not been verified in physical proximity to the these home devices and have not been categorized as trusted devices, you can not gain access or hack the system.

Bottomline

Smart home devices have been proved to make one’s lifestyle more efficient and frictionless. However, minute hurdles can negatively impact a buyer’s decision and lead to low adoption rates of these devices. Overcoming major security challenges through Data over Sound can not only make the lives of consumers easy, but it can also help businesses skyrocket their revenue, leading to tremendous market growth. It's time we switch to the more efficient forms of technology and ease the lives of business owners as well as consumers. TrillBit is dedicated to altering the lives of smart home manufacturers through this futuristic technology capable of providing topline security against hackers and deep fakes, thus pushing several buyers to make a purchase decision in favor of these gadgets.

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