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[libreplanet-discuss] free/secure IoT device shopping

From: Daniel Pocock
Subject: [libreplanet-discuss] free/secure IoT device shopping
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:19:56 +0100
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There are more and more IoT devices, such as webcams, light bulbs, home
automation controls and sensors and such things appearing.

Is anybody keeping a shortlist of those that are suitable for use in an
environment where freedom and security requirement are not laughed at?

There are four disturbing trends in this space:

- no source code

- proprietary protocols

- doing everything through a cloud server

- crowdfunding the devices, which implies some community involvement,
but only making a token effort to release the code or API and only for
the first few months

Even where source code is available, such as the Foobot[1], it appears
hard-coded (without[2] HTTPS!) to submit data to their own cloud server
and the developer API involves polling the cloud server rather than the
actual device.




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