Se­cu­rity and pri­vacy

Mac Format - - APPLE HOMEKIIT -

Since HomeKit may be­come in­stru­men­tal for con­trol­ling and se­cur­ing homes, se­cu­rity and pri­vacy are core to the sys­tem. From a user stand­point, the cre­ator of a ‘home’ be­comes the ad­min and can per­form all op­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing adding guests (such as fam­ily mem­bers). Guests must have their own iOS de­vice, and an Ap­ple ID with an iCloud ac­count that matches the one pro­vided by the ad­min. Th­ese users can­not mod­ify lay­outs, but can make more ba­sic changes and ex­e­cute ac­tions.

In terms of ac­ces­sories, Ap­ple’s en­sured there’s se­cure pair­ing and end-to-end en­cryp­tion be­tween them and your iOS de­vices. HomeKit- com­pat­i­ble prod­ucts must be ap­proved by Ap­ple and part of the Made for iPhone (MFi) pro­gram. Bridged prod­ucts must also be MFi-ap­proved, and may have re­stric­tions placed on them: for ex­am­ple, the likes of non-HomeKit door locks will re­port­edly be blocked en­tirely.

Ap­ple rules are sim­i­larly strict re­gard­ing apps used to con­trol HomeKit ac­ces­sories. Any in use must run in the fore­ground, ex­cept­ing trig­gers ap­proved by a user. It’s ex­plic­itly for­bid­den for apps to gather and store in­for­ma­tion about your home and its ac­ces­sories. And apps must be fo­cussed on home au­to­ma­tion, en­sur­ing not just any app can ac­cess HomeKit data.

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