Welcome Home, Big Brother

For as long as people have envisioned the inevitable advent of smart home, critics and privacy advocates have warned how it might all go horribly wrong.

We're not just talking Orwellian paranoia or a dystopian future where our personal lives are intertwined with corporate identities constantly siphoning data from them. The security and privacy issues at play in haphazardly wiring up our personal spaces are becoming increasingly more substantive and -- with the proliferation of smart devices -- opening up our lives to more points of vulnerability, both from real-world threats and existential ones.

"There's been nearly 600 million breaches of records since 2005. Those are the reported ones," said Will Pelgrin, the president and CEO of the Center for Internet Security. "It's almost a rite of passage of going through a data breach. I don't know anyone who hasn't been affected, whether it's email or the Target breach." And those numbers will only escalate as more data sources enter our lives -- and our homes. "The hackers out there trying to harvest this data are potentially in countries that don't prohibit it and they have a lot of time and some are well-funded," Pelgrin added.


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