How to Maintain Your Privacy After Unwrapping That New Internet-Connected Device

Brands have tightened some settings, but the burden still falls on consumers

We’re now in the thick of the holiday season, and connected devices of all kinds will be gifted, opened and set up by consumers around the world this month. The Consumer Technology Association projected that consumer technology sales will top $400 billion by the end of 2019, pointing to gains in connected devices ranging from smartphones and tablets to smartwatches, smart home products, wireless earbuds and in-vehicle technology.