The holiday season is right around the corner, and you know what that means? It’s time to shop until you drop. Many folks will be out there in the wild or on the web searching for the best products to buy, but how do we know what is safe from what isn’t?
Knowing these things isn’t easy, but the good folks at Mozilla chose to use their time to create a platform designed to help consumers make the right decisions. The company released a privacy report on some of the popular gifts you’ll likely to buy during the festive season.
The report tells the consumer if any of these products meet the basic security standards designed to protect folks from hackers and other forms of threats. Now, the list isn’t comprehensive, but it’s good enough nonetheless.
From what we have gathered, the report looks at 70 popular items, and out of that number, only a mere 25 meets the standard set out my Mozilla. When it comes down to the most secure gadgets of all, the Nintendo Switch takes the cake.
Not only that, but a device for children known as Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit is quite safe, along with a smart speaker, Mycroft Mark 1. It should be noted that the Mycroft Mark 1 is open source, so that could contribute to its safety.
If you’re hoping to purchase a PlayStation 4, you should know that it does very well on the test, but not in the area of privacy. This is because the console shares data with Sony and other third-party corporations. The same issue is found where the Xbox One is concerned, and it should come as no surprise.
You see, almost every game played on these devices tend to send data back to the developer, especially if they are online focus. There’s no way to get around the privacy concerns, therefore, the best option to do is to limit the amount of personal information given.
Teddy bears that connect to the internet. Smart speakers that listen to commands. Great gifts—unless they spy on you. We created this guide to help you buy safe, secure products this holiday season.
The creepiest gadgets
Yes, consumers are quite concerned about products that never hide their intention, and these gadgets come from the likes of Amazon and Google. We’re talking about the Amazon Echo and the Google Home, of course.
When it comes down to being creepy, these devices hit the ball running because they regularly collect personal information to improve their algorithms among other things. Everything is sent to Amazon and Google, respectively, and we have no real idea what they are being used for outside of what we are told.
Surely, both the Amazon Echo and the Google Home smart speakers are quite useful, but such usefulness comes at a cost that is far more important than the money paid upfront to acquire them.
At the end of the day, the creepiest gadget on the list is the FREDI Baby Monitor. This product is a nightmare because it’s regularly hacked into oblivion, and the default password is “123” for some strange reason.
What makes matters worse is the fact that the device never prompt users to change the password, so if you’re a novice, then you’re in for a rude awakening.
Hopefully, consumers will look at this list and make the right decisions because privacy is a real concern.