Earlier this year, an HP study found that all the connected home security systems it tested had critical flaws — from encryption issues to a failure to require strong and complex passwords — that left them vulnerable to spying. In the current Wild West of the smart-home landscape, the responsibility of policing our devices rests on consumers’ shoulders, and most of us don’t know where to begin.
Today, Dojo-Labs introduced Dojo, a two-device system that monitors all your connected equipment for cyberattacks. One part connects to your router; the other, which looks like a smooth, black rock, sits out in the open and flashes different colors based on what’s happening on your network. Green means good, orange means something is happening but the system is taking care of it, and red means you need to intervene. The display unit is battery powered and connects via Bluetooth. “This pet rock can be located anywhere at home and give you in the blink of an eye the overall situation of your home security without giving you all the details,” CEO and co-founder Yossi Atias tells Digital Trends.
But red isn’t necessarily a danger, danger sign. It could just mean your mom is trying to access your living room camera, so she can see the cute trick your dog is performing. The Dojo knows the difference between “human behavior” and “device behavior,” says Atias. “Only the human behavior scenarios will give users the choice to decide how the day-to-day interactions with the device is going to look.” You’ll get an alert on your phone asking if you want to keep blocking the camera or if you want to allow access just this once or all the time. You decide how often Mom gets a view of your living room.
There’s a certain way your security camera should behave and things it should never do. The cloud-connected Dojo analyzes all your devices’ metadata to build profiles of how they communicate. It can then keep a lookout for deviations from these profiles, without you having to do anything, except occasionally grant permission to people you know who want to access your devices.
As Dojo-Labs’ machine learning, algorithms, and cyber team learn new threats, it can deliver updates through the cloud connection. There’s also multiple layers of profiling, says Atias. Your Nest’s behavior is analyzed based on the fact that it’s a thermostat, it’s made by Nest, and it’s a specific model. It’s normal for the thermostat to connect to Google’s cloud. “If this device suddenly connects to a server in Russia, in China, that’s an additional layer of deviation from its expected behavior,” Atias says.
Atias says the Dojo can even tell if your camera has already been hacked and help fix the problem. “Every device is suspect until proven otherwise,” he says.
You can get a $100 discount on the Dojo if you preorder it through Amazon now for $99, which includes a year of service. After that, the service will cost between $8 and $10 a month, depending on whether you pay monthly, quarterly, or annually.