Protecting your smart home digitally is not only vital to your personal security, but the the world at large. The Internet of Things is still new and attacks are being developed not just to spy on IoT users, but use the Internet of Things to do harm.
There are some basic steps you can use to make sure your smart home is safe, but a new product aims to save you time by monitoring your traffic for intruders. The Dojo connects to your router, monitoring traffic and looking for exploits.
The device is constantly updated with the latest threats, helping even the least tech-savvy users stay safe. From the Dojo app, users can see what’s connected and cut off intruding devices. The device also automatically blocks dangerous devices and will alert you to suspicious behavior.
It uses machine learning to do that, looking for spikes in traffic between devices or to the cloud to help spot problems. So if your smart fridge is suddenly sending huge amounts of data somewhere, it can cut the fridge off.
However, it probably can’t stop every attack. While Dojo tries to stay as up-to-date as possible on the latest threats, passing those along to the Dojo devices, it protects best against known attacks. The sneakiest attacks could still get through, and dedicated hackers may be able to bypass Dojo altogether in the future.
However, it does seem to provide a good baseline for security in the connected world. In fact, it’s probably far better than what you’re doing now.
The Dojo is available for pre-order now at $199, which includes a year of monitoring. After that, monitoring costs $99 per year or $9.99 per month. It should ship within two months.