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User Perceptions and Experiences with Smart Home Updates



Susanne M. Furman, Julie Haney


Updates may be one of the few tools consumers have to mitigate security and privacy vulnerabilities in smart home devices. However, little research has been undertaken to understand users' perceptions and experiences with smart home updates. To address this gap, we conducted an online survey of a demographically diverse sample of 412 smart home users in the United States. We found that users overwhelmingly view smart home updates as important and urgent. However, relationships between update perceptions and security and privacy perceptions are less clear. We also identify problematic aspects of updates and gaps between current and preferred update modes. We then suggest ways in which update mechanisms and interfaces can be designed to be more usable and understandable to users.
Proceedings Title
IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy
Conference Dates
May 22-26, 2023
Conference Location
San Francisco, CA, US
Conference Title
IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2023


smart homes, internet of things, security, privacy, human computer interaction, usability


Furman, S. and Haney, J. (2023), User Perceptions and Experiences with Smart Home Updates, IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, San Francisco, CA, US, [online], (Accessed April 12, 2024)
Created May 22, 2023, Updated March 12, 2024