In theory, it shouldn't matter whether this is controlled by a PC app or a phone app. It's just data. So, I'd suggest that you look hard at the software or apps that the bed uses and see what data you need to give it. Your home address? Why?! Why does your bed need to know that. Does the local weather become a factor? Do they ask for your age group? The household mean income? Always assume that there will be an employee of the company who will find a way to profit off of that. Some companies don't do background checks. So tell us. What features require WiFi? And is that just for control from a phone because they are too cheap to give you a remote control? Do you need to control the bed from outside your home? Or is this all about the international movement to have your life controlled by cell phones?
To summarize: I don't see any difference between using the computer or the phone unless your batteries may die on you. As for the safety and security, you'll have to look at what data you will be supplying. If that can go over the Internet, then I don't think that's a good idea regardless of what the company says. It's like my diabetes tester now insists on using a cell phone app and the first thing setting up the app says is to accept the policy that you lose your HIPAA (medical record) rights. What rights do you give up in order to use the bed? Are they going to keep tabs on how well you sleep? How often you sleep? I wouldn't go for that as its nobody's business. Even if its for "anonymous aggregated data". Sounds like you buy the product and then your use of the product makes them rich by selling your data to...? But without the specifics, its hard to tell.
We just bought a Sleep Number bed and it needs to be connected by app to our computer via the wireless system to operate some of the features of the bed. However, my husband feels it leaves us vulnerable to hackers getting access to our info. What are your thoughts as to the safety of this kind of system? I also have the app on my phone, I just haven't finished setting up the connection. Would it be better to control it on my phone rather than the home computer or wouldn't it make any difference security wise?
--Submitted by Joan G.