Ring Doorbells Being Recalled

The Internet of Things can be tricky sometimes and here’s an example. If you live in the U.S. or Canada and purchased a Ring doorbell between June and October of this year, dig out your paperwork to check the model number as Ring is recalling over 360,000 of the units over a concern they may catch fire if incorrectly installed. The problem model is 5UM5E5.

Apparently the issue is that the doorbells shipped with two sets of screws for the installation. If you mixed them up during the install it creates the real possibility of one of the screws puncturing the battery causing it to overheat and potentially exploded or catch fire. There have been over 80 reported cases thus far in the U.S.

There’s more data on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website and also at Ring.

Everyone stay safe out there!

Your TV Can Now Get Held for Ransom?

The concept of the Internet of Things is appealing in many ways. It allows connectivity and interaction with devices which¬†were not capable of being managed/monitored in the past. And when there one platform to link them all together, it gives a nice, consistent user interface and experience. But like most things in life, there’s a dark side to consider.

Consider FLocker – an Android based lock-screen ransomware. This one has been out there for a while but it’s being continuously being updated by the cybercriminals that produced it to keep it one step ahead of the firewall and antivirus companies. The latest version pretends to be from some law enforcement agency and accuses potential victims of crimes they didn’t commit. It now will also infect Smart TV’s that run the Android OS – effectively locking you out of your TV.

Consider a fully ‘smart home’ of connected devices and you can immediately see the possibility of them all getting infected and operation disrupted. Vendors haven’t thought this through yet, but they’ll need to – and soon.

Everyone stay safe out there!