Even if you’re not considering a Wi-Fi connected Barbie, you may be giving others or expect to get one of the 50 million smart home devices expected to be sold this holiday season.
Given that this is the first holiday season when appliances offering internet-connected automation have hit the mainstream, a lot of people aren’t sure what to look for when shopping for IoT devices.
A Harris poll from earlier this year found that what IoT adoption is looking like in the U.S.:
Speaker systems are proving to be the most widely adopted smart devices both for the practicality and relatively few security risks. Thermostats come in second, though hacking a net-connected central temperature device could give criminals details about your comings and goings. Wireless security devices require a lot of trust in the manufacturer — but so do so “non-smart” security systems.
Most of the risks the millions of smart home users face are largely theoretical at this point — unless you’re a high-level target. But that could change quickly after this holiday season puts tens of millions more people on the IoT.
The Online Trust Alliance recognizes that many of us are just getting into the IoT’s who new world of possibilities and vulnerabilities so it has put out a checklist of all the questions you should ask before buying a smart home device.
It’s quite comprehensive, so the group has boiled its work down to three concerns:
If you’re still shopping around Tom’s Guide has put out a list of the best smart home devices it has found. As have Tech Crunch and Tech Hive. And if you’re serious about security your new smart home, be sure to check out our F-Secure Sense, which will plug the security holes created by connecting your life to the net.