I’m particularly interested in the ability for these voice assistants to be integrated with IOT devices. At the point of this writing, I have managed to integrate Siri with my home automation system. In the coming weeks, I will be exploring integration with Google home, Alexa and even Cortana..
My findings so far is that voice is a huge differentiator for usability, imagine just speaking a command to turn on the lights, this is way easier than having to pull out the mobile phone, navigate to the app, open the app, search for the control and finally tapping on the relevant “On” button.
In coming week, I plan to review each platform and list the pro and cons of each.
UPDATE (17 Oct 2017): Microsoft Windows and Apple iOS/MacOS have already offered patches to this vulnerability in their respective platforms. So aside from Android devices and IOT devices, it looks like this is pretty much contained.
WIFI WPA2 (WIFI protected access) the security setting most routers are currently running on, is possibly compromised.
Based on a 4 way handshake system, this security system has secured our WIFI airwaves for the past 18 years. But now, a “key reinstallation hack” has possibly broken this and now most devices including IOTs, smartphones and routers are exposed to data loss.
The MiTM (Man in The Middle) attack will expose data in transit like your passwords, secured data and anything sent in plain text over a compromised connection.
If you connect over HTTPS, your content are still fully protected from snooping.
Attackers cannot snoop or eavesdrop on your data without being nearby.
Just installed my dining lights and the results are amazing! The house is finally looking more complete. The open wall area is gonna feature a painting, it will be a collaboration with my wife :D, more on that when we complete it.
In the meantime, this dining light joins my stable of Siri enabled devices, again, built from the ground up. The architecture I chose was:
SmartDevice → MQTT→ HomeAssistant → HomeBridge → Siri