Owners of Philips Hue smart bulbs receive both good and extremely bad news

Cupertino, September 21, 2023

If you're a part of the Philips Hue smart lighting ecosystem, chances are you have a Hue Bridge at the core of it. And now, there's an exciting new software update available. However, there's also some potentially concerning news for certain individuals. Philips is rolling out a software update for Philips Hue Bridges worldwide, adding support for the key smart home standard called Matter. This is good news for those who want to integrate Matter-compatible devices into their Hue Bridge setup. For those who have already configured their Hue bulbs and accessories using the Home app, this update won't bring any noticeable changes. However, for others, they can now set up their Matter-compatible accessories using the Hue app and control them from there as well. This is a welcome feature as it makes it easier to connect and control various Smart Home components, regardless of the manufacturer. Philips Hue, known for its quality HomeKit lights, may be introducing a new requirement. According to a report from Mysk's security researchers, Philips Hue might soon force users to create a corporate account and log in to continue using the app and controlling their smart lights. This has raised concerns among privacy-conscious individuals. Mysk highlights that the best security practice for protecting smart devices is to keep them disconnected from the internet, or at least have that option available. It remains to be seen if Philips Hue customers will lose access to their smart bulbs if they choose not to log in with an account. Consequently, this may give users reasons to set up their Hue devices using the Home app instead of the Hue app.

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