Contemporary garage door openers, heating and cooling systems, and who knows what else can be remotely controlled.  If you can control it, so can somebody else.
Less attention goes to the security of the home automation system itself.

Here’s why privacy and security issues matter so much in customer-facing smart grid products and services: how likely is it that someone can hack into your home energy management system? The resourceful technology and privacy journalist Kashmir Hill gained access to eight homes, merely by doing an Internet search to see if any homes had their devices set to be discoverable by a search engine.
First, dear reader, check the instruction manual for your internet-capable appliances and strengthen the privacy. Then go read the story.

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