Protecting Your Information

Five Devices in Your Home that you Didn't Know Were Hackable

You would never leave your front door wide open all night, yet countless home devices are not securely connected to the internet, which is equally risky and leaves the digital door wide open for anyone to enter. While you know your computer poses a risk of being hacked, you may not think about the other devices in your home that connect to the internet and that are equally vulnerable. 

As smart home trends progress, it's tempting to connect more and more devices to your home's Wi-Fi. While these new devices provide services, there is now a concern that your thermostat, lights or a baby monitor could be hacked just as anything connected to the internet could. Recently, CloudPets kids' toys were breached, leaking 2.2 million voice recordings between parents and their children.

Even if you steer clear of these new smart devices, you probably still have devices in your home that are susceptible to hacking. These can include:

  • DVRs
  • Printers
  • Security Cameras
  • Routers
  • Webcams

Once hackers gain control of your device, they have the freedom to do whatever they want - whether that's turning on and recording via your security camera, changing passwords to lock you out or even printing something to your printer. 

Luckily, there are plenty of steps you can take to arm your devices and greatly reduce the chances of being compromised.

  1. Update Login Credentials. Some devices like cameras and routers with weaker security come pre-loaded with default usernames and passwords. No matter what these preset credentials are, make sure you change them immediately if you haven't done so already. When unprotected, smart home devices are some of the easiest devices for internet fraudsters to get into - after all, they don't even need to guess your login information.
  2. Have a strong password. Lengthy passwords with a combination of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters are the best way to go. While it might be tempting, don't reuse passwords and have unique passwords for all of your accounts. 
  3. Shop around for secure gadgets. Some companies put in the extra resources and efforts to secure their devices, while others do not make that a priority. The key is to research and ask yourself: What security measures does this company have in place for keeping my information safe? Additional protection might include https connection, multi-factor authentication, and third-party penetration testing.