The electronic, programmable, and self-learning Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat that optimizes heating and cooling of homes and businesses to conserve energy are quite convenient. Honestly – who doesn’t want one? Some examples: Nest, Ecobee, Netatmo
The latest rage! They are able of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, and other real-time information, such as news. They also can go shopping for you – sometimes even if you don’t want anything. Some examples: Amazon Echo + Alexa, Google Home
Turn your lights and electricity on and off from wherever you are – be it from across the house, from the backyard, or from the other side of the world. Some examples: WeMo, Philips Hue
How much did you walk or run? What’s your calorie consumption? How about your heart rate when working out? A fitness tracker has the answer to all of it – and sometimes even more. Some examples: Fitbit, Withings, Garmin
All of the above devices have been deemed valuable by “normal” users – but they also bring risks: What about the time Alexa went on a shopping spree? Or can you remember when IP cams were used to conduct massive DDoS attacks?
The big question probably is: Does the value outweigh the risk and/or do you know how to stay secure? It’s for you to decide.