If there is one problem with many smart home devices is that how secure they are depends from device to device. This is because at the moment, there is no standardized security amongst these devices, and as such, it’s not surprising to learn from time to time that a smart home device could be compromised.
Such is the case with Philips’ range of Hue smart bulbs, where according to a report from CheckPoint, a security flaw within these bulbs was discovered that had it been exploited, would have allowed hackers to remotely access and control the bulbs, while also being able to insert and install malicious firmware.
The issue was initially discovered back in November, but it was only a few weeks ago that the flaw was patched. If you’re using a Philips Hue bulb that’s connected to the internet, it should have been automatically updated, but you can always double check the firmware through the app to make sure.
Also, according to Signify (parent company of Philips), Hue bulbs that were produced in 2018 or later do not come with the flaw. So if you have recently bought a Hue bulb in the past year or so, you should be safe, although it probably wouldn’t hurt to be safe by ensuring that you have the latest patch installed.