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Duane Benson
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I'm for it
Duane Benson   5/4/2016 11:57:18 AM
I've taken my non-Internet connected Latte machine and put it on a WeMo Internet conneted switch. It's not quite a full IoT coffee machine, but getting there. 

To me, it's a question of value vs. risk. The risk is that, in theaory, as you said, someone could manipulate it. The value is that I never have to turn around when a mile from home to double check if I've turned it off. I can just check my phone and turn it off if it's still on. That utility alone makes it worth all of the rest of the risk, in my opinion.

I'm thinking about doing the same with my soldering irons.

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Re: I'm for it
Rev   5/4/2016 5:14:10 PM
I am concerned about anything involving heat.  If my stove is on anything higher than simmer, I don't leave the kitchen.  This allows me to remove boiling pots, remove things that should not be grabbing at boiling pots, and put out fires if necessary.  Can an internet enabled stove do any of this stuff?

There are several levels of security failure here.  At one level, a hacker in Shanghai China or perhaps Boise Idaho learns what time you get up in the morning.  At another, they take control of your device and use it attack your other devices, or your your neighbour's devices.  Target and their credit card data got attacked because an external vendor had access to their network, and a weak password. 

Do you trust consumer goods manufacturers to implement good security on their new IoT devices?

Duane Benson
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Re: I'm for it
Duane Benson   5/4/2016 5:27:17 PM
I definately understand your concern. Even in the physical world, burglers will case houses, so it's pretty much a certainty that it will happen online as well.

I'm just more at risk from my own absent mindedness than I am from a hostile outsider. I'm actually surprised I haven't already blown myself up with my gas stove. :-)

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