Originally Posted by DEC-1982
A stray thought - Will China somehow be watching me through this device? Maybe I am just getting paranoid.
I don't know if the Chinese will be watching you through your robotic vacuum, but anything in the world of The Internet of Things
is another attack point for the bad guys
. So, make sure you buy your robot vacuum, Wifi light bulbs, baby monitors, etc. from a company that takes security seriously and will automatically update them from time to time to keep ahead of the bad guys. If not an auto update at least an email message telling you to update the device.
Or create two wifi networks in your home: one for the 'things' that use wifi, and another one for all your important work like banking, investing and this site.
Often companies buy free or very inexpensive outdated software (sometimes with known security flaws) to use on their cheap products. When the software security faults are exploited, the company has no financial incentive to update the software or warn you to update it.