Mozilla published its annual buyer’s guide of safe internet-connected products and services

Mozilla released its yearly buyer’s guide of safe internet-connected products. The guide aims to assist consumers in their decision-making of purchasing IoT devices and services. These products fit into eight categories — smart home, toys & games, entertainment, wearables, health & exercise, pets, video call apps, and dating apps. For each device, Mozilla created the following checklist: (1) Labels – products are labeled either with a warning or with recommendation, (2) Creep-O-Meter (users’ response) – this measure is aimed for consumers to share their own opinions. Users can read the review of the product, then rate how creepy or not creepy they think the product is and how likely they are to buy it. The list divides the devices into five broad categories, ranging from not creepy to super-creepy, (3) Minimum security standards such as encryption, automatic security updates, requirements for a strong password, a system to manage vulnerabilities, and having an accessible privacy policy.