Hardware Tech Reviews

Considering the madness of online tracking and the nightmare of the Internet of Things, I would like to see all writers who review computer based devices include security checks.

  • Does the device firmware require registering the product?
  • Does the device phone home after registering?
  • Does the device phone home in any way or manner?
  • Does the device require using the vendor’s cloud servers?
  • What ports are open in a default configuration?
  • Does the device check for firmware updates?
  • Can auto-updates be disabled?
  • Can updates be performed manually?
  • Does the firmware require users to change the default login name and password?
  • Can the default login name and password be changed?
  • Are login names and passwords hard-coded and unchangeable?
  • Is there a convenient web interface?

Posted: Category: Usability Tagged: General

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