“If you throw that light bulb out, someone could just pick it up and they’ve got all your information right there, in your trash can.”
“If you throw that light bulb out, someone could just pick it up and they’ve got all your information right there, in your trash can.”
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“If you throw that light bulb out, someone could just pick it up and they’ve got all your information right there, in your trash can.”
Evan King is a smart stuff fanatic. In his home he has a smart deadbolt, smart thermostat, smart fridge and even a device that allows him to watch his dog Chloe and give her treats remotely, CBS News reports.
King is chief technology officer at Consumer Watchdog. As much as he loves spoiling his dog, he realizes the same camera that connects him to her may also be used by a criminal to spy on his home.
“Smart homes are eminently hackable,” Carmen Balber, executive director of Consumer Watchdog, said.
Balber said you can find databases online of home camera feeds, allowing anyone to spy on an unsuspecting homeowner.
Cameras are only one of the more obvious threats. Any gadget that connects to the internet can store and reveal a treasure trove of data. Smart bulbs often store information, like passwords, in the base of the bulbs.
“If you throw that light bulb out, someone could just pick it up and they’ve got all your information right there, in your trash can,” Balber said.
To make sure your smart home is hack proof make sure to have strong passwords, a different one for every account, CBS News reports.
“One of the easiest ways for hackers to get into your home is if you don’t change the factory set passwords on your device,” Balber said.
Next, before getting rid of any connected device, clear out the data and reset it, especially your router. Most routers can be wiped by pushing the reset button on the back.
“If a hacker has access to your Wi-Fi network, they might potentially have access to your computer, your passwords, your credit card accounts,” Balber said.
Experts say smart home devices can be helpful, but consumers should be selective about what they connect.
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