The Internet of Things (IoT) is in danger of being ruined by companies trying to cash in on the trend with dodgy products, says Lionel Paillet, Nest Labs’ general manager for Europe. Speaking with Giz UK this afternoon, Paillet admitted that certain firms don’t take security seriously enough, and it’s having an effect on people’s attitudes to IoT.
“Some of these companies should get a life or so something different,” he said, without naming any names. “They will make this category a real disaster. We’re a guest in people’s homes. If we don’t behave well, we’ll be kicked out.”
Over recent months, we’ve heard about smart kettles (not exactly essential household items) being hacked with ease, and the recent spate of high-profile cyberattacks on the likes of TalkTalk, British Gas and M&S have placed security right in the public eye. As a result, people are becoming more concerned with such matters, and Nest welcomes the scrutiny.
We also touched upon the upcoming Black Friday bargain-fest, and it looks like there'll be some decent Nest-themed discounts to gorge yourself on. "Black Friday should be interesting,” teased Paillet, so if you're thinking of investing in a Nest thermostat, home security camera or smoke alarm, hold off for now and prepare for a few scuffles on 27 November.