According to reports, the Guardian Project, Tor Project, and Home Assistant have come together to create a new security system that can protect IoT (Internet of Things) devices.
The new system works based on the principle of funneling all of the data traffic from IoT devices to the master update servers or end users through a Tor connection, eliminating the use of the public Internet.
The new security system is the Home Assistant platform which would run on a new Tor Onion Service Configuration to provide secure as well as remote access to IoT devices of users.
Though it is in the experimental stage at the moment, the new security system is also scalable.
The IoT refers to the remote control as well as networking of devices like the baby cam or the lawn sprinkler used at homes to an entire HVAC system installed by corporations.
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In turn, the devices would run a special Tor configuration. In simple terms, it amounts to setting up a special Onion site on the IoT device.
This is to say that the remote users wanting to access an IoT device will have to have the Onion link that connects them to the Home Assistant’s software.
This, in turn, will transfer the connection to the IoT device, operating as a proxy.
There are tangible benefits to using the new security system as far as both IoT vendors and users are concerned, especially those who are interested in embedding this kind of technology into devices on a default basis.
Shodan Scanning Not Required for IoT Devices That Are Exposed
First of all, the need to develop complicated software by setting up complex SSL/TLS certificates in order to support HTTPS connections can be eliminated.
This is because all of the Tor connections get encrypted by default.
The Onion protocol would ensure that there are many different layers of encryption.
Moreover, the need to either use a VPN service or unnecessarily open firewall ports can be done away with by the users of the new security system.
The reason behind this is that all connections go through the Tor network.
This ensures that nobody knows as to which devices users are connecting to.
Technically speaking, it is just not possible to scan IoT devices that are protected by Tor.
This means that users don’t have to determine as to which of the IoT devices are vulnerable using Shodan.
As a result, users would also not accidentally stumble upon exposed equipment.
Top Priority Is to Secure IoT devices
Nathan Freitas reportedly said that there are too many things in peoples’ homes, at the hospitals, in business establishments that are often exposed to the public Internet throughout their lives and protecting their communication is not an easy job at all.
He added that Tor ensures protection for free with the help of real-world hard ended as well as open-source software and through strong as well as modern cryptography.
The executive director of Tor, Shari Steele, said that Tor Project aims to integrate Tor privacy technology into everyday life so that logging on to it is not necessary because of the built-in security and privacy.
She added that Tor Project contributor and Guardian Project Executive Director Nathan Freitas’ work with Home Assistant could be considered as an important milestone in this direction.
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