As much as I like the idea of upgrading to a home automated service, I am really tempted to say no. My hubby says that I am insane and that I give to much thought to all the conspiracy theory documentaries I have been watching in the past two years.
I admit, I would like to have everything done with the help of one app on my phone. I would not have to return home and double check if I had turned off the stove or if I had locked the door. I would not have to worry about having a high heating bills, because I would be able to save on electricity and so on...
What I am worrying about is giving control to a stranger over my entire life. Having everything connected, that means that someone, somewhere would have all my informations. My passwords, my data, my bank account details, the daily schedule of my kids’ routine, etc. Everything would be stored somewhere on a drive or cloud, ready to be used, most likely by someone else than me, at my detriment.
I am sure that all the companies take extra steps to ensure that their clients’ data is safe. I don’t know precisely what or how they do it, but I know they have to. Otherwise no one would entrust them with their homes.
As you probably guessed, hubby is all for installing a smart automated system, whereas I am not still convinced that is a good idea. I am a bit old fashioned. I like being anonymous. Not that I have something to hide. I simply don’t like the idea of advertising, posting or allowing anyone to know “sensitive” information about my family’s life. I like privacy.
All over the world more and more cameras are getting installed, more people get online and more data gets collected from everyone. How many people do actually wonder what can happen if all of these infos get in the wrong hands?
This morning hubby has left a brochure on my night stand, with a post-it note on it. He asked me to check it out and in case I had any questions to call the company. Since I did not want to go into another endless conversation about these smart systems, I did as asked. I read it, wrote down some of the questions I had and during my lunchtime I gave them a call. After talking about half an hour on the phone with one of their customer service agents, I decided to pass by their store and have a more in depth look at what they were offering.