Chromecast gets useful upgrade several years late

Google pushed an update, is pushing an update, or… you know what, you’ll either have it or you’ll get it in the next few days. The update adds persistent volume changes which will stick boot to boot to boot, but most usefully it no longer requires you to be on the same network to control it.

This is great from a security standpoint as now all of your IoT devices can be on an IoT network that’s walled off from anything important. Remember that $12 smart bulb you’re using is running is probably never going to get a firmware upgrade and will be an unpatched device with a telnet login until the end of days.

Hopefully this will roll out to some of the embedded essentially Chromecast Ultras a lot of smart TVs have as I’d really like to get people to start isolating all these things.

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