‘It’s time for us to watch them’: App lets you spy on Alexa and the rest of your smart devices | CBC News
It’s no secret that our increasingly “smart” houses have become a rich source of data for companies. We know – in a general sense, anyway – that we are sacrificing some privacy for the sake of convenience. What most of us don’t know is how much -and to whom.
You may have a number of smart Internet-connected devices in your home, but do you have any ideas what these IoT devices are doing? Who are they talking to? What are they sending? For instance, let’s say you have a Roku TV and that you are live-streaming the Bloomberg Channel without interacting with the TV otherwise.
Smart home devices are potentially one of the bigger security threats since there is no easy way to check what they are up to on your network. That’s a problem Princeton University has set out to solve, with the Princeton IoT Inspector. It works on HomeKit and non-HomeKit devices alike …
Researchers at Princeton University have built a web app that lets you (and them) spy on your smart home devices to see what they’re up to. The open source tool, called IoT Inspector, is available for download here. (Currently it’s Mac OS only, with a wait list for Windows or Linux.)
We live in the glorious future that technophiles have long dreamed of. Almost everything can now connect to the internet: cameras, coffee pots, televisions, vacuums, toilets, children’s toys, sex toys. If you build it, a wireless connection will come for it. These smart devices are always on, always connected, and often up to more than you realize.
Most readers here have likely heard or read various prognostications about the impending doom from the proliferation of poorly-secured ” Internet of T hings” or IoT devices. Loosely defined as any gadget or gizmo that connects to the Internet but which most consumers probably wouldn’t begin to know how to secure, IoT encompasses everything from security cameras, routers and digital video recorders to printers, wearable devices and “smart” lightbulbs.