Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listens to remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama at DNI Office to mark its 10th anniversary, in McLean, Virginia, April 24, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas  Director of National Intelligence Clapper listens to remarks by U.S. President Obama in McLean Thomson Reuters

Laptops, cell phones, and many other connected devices we use every day have serious security software to protect you from snoops. But a new wave of smart thermostats, appliances, and other connected home devices may be less secure.

At least, that's the perspective of US director of national intelligence James Clapper. Here's an exerpt from testimony he submitted to the Senate on Tuesday, as reported in The Guardian:

“In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper said.

Clapper did not name an specific brands or types of devices as special concerns, nor did he indicate which agencies might want to hack into your smart home's data. However, it may be a good idea to pay extra attention to the security features of any new gadgets you bring into your home.