Identifying Privacy And Security Risks From Your Smart Devices Are A Little Easier With The IoT Inspector
Researchers at Princeton University have developed a web-based app that lets the user keep an eye on their smart home devices. IoT Inspector, as the app is called, is an open source tool and is currently available only for Mac OS. It helps the users understand whether smart devices are sharing the data with any third parties.
Testing the tool found that multiple devices were contacting their host/companies without permission and when not in use. You can also use WireShark packet analyzer to detect IoT traffic. The technical expertise required for this makes it unsuitable for layman users. The developers say that the app is quite simple to set up and doesn’t need any specific hardware.
Since the Princeton team wants to gather more data for their research, all data from the use of this tool will go them, which they will use to improve smart home devices. They plan to study about security risks, privacy issues, and network performance risks.
With IoT Inspector, we are the first in the research community to produce an open-source, anonymized dataset of actual IoT network traffic, where the identity of each device is labelled.
The researchers have also come up with a list of detailed FAQs for those planning to use the tool. Up to 50 devices can be tracked and the limit can be increased by reaching out to the developers.
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