Is smarter always safer? How LG is protecting its smart products customers

In the past, thinking about home security usually involved making sure that you had a home alarm system, a human security guard and a strong padlock. But these security measures are no match for the threats faced by many homes today.

The entry of smart home appliances, from refrigerators to televisions, laptops and even your vacuum cleaner means that there are now more ways for intruders to get valuables out of your home.

While the internet of things has made use of technology more personalized and user-friendly, little is being said about the privacy concerns of some of these devices.

Just recently, South Korea-based technology giant LG Electronics announced a new partnership to develop a unique automotive software technology and infrastructure solution to address threats associated with the increase in vehicle connectivity technology.

This venture into vehicle security from cyber threats has raised questions about whether similar threats are being addressed with the increase in the number of “connected” home appliances.

Janghoon Chung, LG’s East and Central Africa Managing Director, says part of the company’s quality assurance package is the constant upgrade of security encryption for all their smart device platforms.

“LG Electronics is continually strengthening its software security systems as well as working with different cyber-security solution providers to provide safer and more convenient appliances,” he adds.

The recent partnership between LG and Honeywell is an indicator that the Korean tech giant is taking cybersecurity seriously enough to earn the trust of the automotive industry.

A hacker sitting in a garage halfway across the world can now get access to valuable information inside your house by simply compromising the different devices in your home connected to the internet.

This is also why LG developing its proprietary deep learning-based artificial intelligence technology with the rollout of its own AI development tool to all LG business divisions.

More control on your technology means less risks to customer privacy especially since many hackers tend to target weak points resulting from switching between platforms – switches that result, in this case, from incorporating AI technology owned by a company other than the hardware manufacturer.

The connected homes that we celebrate as smart ecosystems could easily be the worst security threat to our private information and bank accounts.

It is therefore always wise, among the many considerations made while purchasing products; such as price, design, size, and energy efficiency, we should also be careful not to trade the security of our families for convenience.

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