A new website can help you understand the security risks internet-connected devices might bring into your home.
Consumer-grade internet of things (IoT) devices aren't exactly known for having tight security practices. To save purchasers from finding that out the hard way, researchers have done security assessments of representative devices, awarding scores ranging from 28 (an F) up to 100.
Their site, yourthings.info, shows rankings for 45 devices, though researchers have evaluated a total of 74. That's hardly a complete roundup of the tens of thousands of devices available, but the big idea behind the project is to help consumers understand important issues before connecting a new IoT helper to their home networks.
"A lot of people who purchase these devices don't fully understand the risks associated with installing them in their homes," says Omar Alrawi, a graduate research assistant at the Georgia Institute of Technology. "We want to provide insight by providing security ratings for the devices we have tested."