Imagine this scenario: You’re at work and you get a text alert on your phone indicating that your baby monitor at home is active. So you check it immediately and you see something that looks like a scene out of a horror movie. You see the camera pan around your bedroom and focus on your baby’s crib. But no one is home in your house. It’s not a scene from a horror movie though. That actually happened to one mom when hackers were able hack her $40 baby monitor and look around the house.
Baby monitors are not something that people think about when they think about protecting their privacy and security. But millions of baby monitors don’t have the necessary updated encryption to keep networks and information safe. Once a hacker is able to get into the baby monitor feed they may even be able to piggyback off of that and get into your home computers and tablets. If they can do that they can pull private information, banking records, credit card information and more that can result in stolen identities or worse. As if there weren’t enough ways to lose your data!
Keeping your baby monitor secure is an important part of keeping your home secure. But many parents don’t even realize how vulnerable their baby monitors are to being hacked. Some smart baby monitors don’t have any protection or encryption built into them. If you are a parent and you’re worried about protecting your network at home and making your baby monitor secure here are some things that you can do:
Do Some Research
When you’re shopping for a baby monitoring system check the reviews online. If they are not listening go directly to the company and ask. Ask other parents who have used that baby monitor if they ever had any security issues with the system. And if you are registering for a baby monitor as a shower gift be sure to let your friends and family members know that you want a baby monitor that has good security protocols in place. If you’re suspicious of someone, do a Kiwi Searches to check.
Everyone wants a good deal, and when you are buying a lot of things for a new baby you might be tempted to skimp on the quality of the baby monitor in order to save money. But lower-priced baby monitor models often don’t have a lot of extras, including the extra security that you need to make sure the monitor is hack proof and has tight security controls. There are some pieces of baby equipment where spending more really does mean getting a safer product. And a baby monitor is one of those items. You wouldn’t skimp on a car seat or a crib for your baby. So don’t skimp on the baby monitor either.