Some highlights from our research:
- Many of the big tech companies are doing pretty well at securing their products. You’ll see most of the products in the guide meet our Minimum Security Standards. But don’t let that fool you. Even when devices are secure, they can still collect a lot of data about us. This year we saw an expansion of smart home ecosystems from big tech companies like Amazon and Google reaching deeper into our lives
- Smaller companies often do not have the resources to prioritize the privacy and security of their products. Many of the products in the pet category, for example, seem weak on privacy and security.
Which products made our naughty and nice lists?
- Products we are happy with: the Sonos One SL, the Nintendo Switch, the iRobot Roomba, Kano’s Star Wars and Frozen Coding Kits, Garmin’s fitness trackers, and Parrot’s Anafi drone.
- Products we have some concerns about: the Ring Video Doorbell, Facebook Portal, Roku, fitness trackers for kids, Artie 3000 Coding Robot, and the Litter Robot 3 Connect.
As we head into the holiday shopping season, please go check out our reviews on the 76 products in the guide before you shop. Because no one wants to get something creepy for the holidays!