A switch you can control from your smartphone can prove very useful while you’re away on vacation and suddenly realize you forgot to turn the lights off. Or on a busy day at work when you think you’ve left the iron plugged in.

However, not all IoT devices were created equal, especially from a security standpoint. Some ended up on the market prematurely, before proper security mechanisms were baked in. Let’s examine a random Wi-Fi switch and see how, under the right circumstances, it can become a point of entry to someone’s home.

But first, setup

An intelligent switch can turn plugged-in electronic devices on or off remotely, but it can also be misused to break into your home network, to capture unsecured data, plant malicious programs and steal account credentials to any of your accounts, if they are not properly protected.

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