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Smart device

(also smart gadget or smart appliance)

Smart device definition

A smart device is an electronic gadget that’s connected to the internet and can do more than its basic functions. It’s like a regular device — a thermostat, TV, or fridge — only with advanced functions like remote control, automation, and voice commands. Smart devices are designed to make everyday tasks easier and more convenient.

See also: remote device

Common smart devices

  • Smartphones allow you to go online, use apps, and connect to other devices.
  • Smart appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, and ovens can be controlled, monitored, and customized remotely.
  • Smart TVs can access the internet, streaming services, and apps.
  • Smart thermostats control home heating and cooling systems.
  • Smart cameras have various advanced features, like remote viewing and monitoring and night vision.
  • Smartwatches allow you to track your fitness, view notifications, and use various apps.
  • Smart home security systems include sensors, cameras, and alarms.
  • Smart locks can be controlled and monitored remotely via smartphone apps.
  • Smart lighting can be controlled, dimmed, or automated using other devices.

Smart devices and cybersecurity

  • Privacy concerns. Smart devices often collect and transmit data, including personal information. Users should be aware of what data their devices collect and how it is used by reviewing privacy settings, terms, and conditions.
  • Targets for cyberattacks. Hackers often target smart devices because once compromised, these devices can wreak havoc. Having multiple smart devices means more points of attack for cybercriminals to target.
  • Weak passwords. Weak or default passwords are a common security risk. Users should change default passwords and create unique passwords for each smart device.