Do you really want a "smart house"?

That wasn't my Swanson Dinner!

That wasn't my Swanson Dinner!

From FWIW's Home Monitor correspondent, this:

Voice from baby monitor suggests that mother "suck my dick".

This is the chilling moment a woman realized her web camera was spying on her when it turned to look at her and said, “Bonjour, madame.”
Several warnings have been issued on internet-connected cameras that can be remotely hacked by pervs and used to spy on people.
Now one woman in the Netherlands has learned just how intrusive these gadgets can be ....
Rilana Hamer, who recently graduated from college and works at a financial services firm, thought the webcam would be a good way to keep an eye on her puppy while she was at work.
But it turned out she was the one being monitored.
Hamer was with a pal [sic] when she noticed the rotating camera swivel to look at her from across the room.
“I moved to the left and right and the camera came with me.”
Hamer whipped out her smartphone to film it, and the chilling clip she recorded appears to show a mumbled voice having a conversation with a terrified Hamer, who screams, “Get out of my house.”
It continues to swivel, before uttering “Suck my d—.”
“My privacy, my house, my personal stuff and myself… I’m scared.. terrified,” wrote Hamer.
“I’m being watched, but for how long? What did that person see from me?”
Hundreds of thousands of unsecured personal cameras are available to watch online, in real time, thanks to sick websites that allow voyeurs to snoop on the general public.
The websites allow pervy peepers to peer through thousands of cameras placed in British car parks, offices and communal corridors as well as bedrooms and waiting rooms around the world.
The problem is so widespread, even Mark Zuckerberg and Pope Francis have placed stickers over their smartphone cameras to stop someone watching them.

All this "Internet of Things" stuff comes with a problem: the manufacturers of "smart" refrigerators, TV's, sex toys, whatever, have no security against hackers whatsoever, and certainly no way to download new programming to combat hackers when they're discovered. Got one of those "Next" thermostats? Prepare to find your pipes frozen and your house's temperature set at zero degrees when you return from St. Barts (oops! No more St.Barts; the Seychelles, perhaps). Whatever you do, don't keep a computer on when you and the tennis pro are  training in the bedroom.