August 13, 2014

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Is Your Baby Monitor Vulnerable to Hackers?

It was just a few months ago that stories about strangers hacking into baby monitors made the headlines, and I’m still shaking my head in disbelief. A baby monitor – a device designed to improve home safety – is the last thing you’d expect to be vulnerable to hackers. But recently, several families have reported being startled when they heard a stranger shouting obscenities at their child via their wireless security camera.

The device in question, a Foscam IP camera, is a popular choice as a baby monitor because it easily connects via Wi-Fi, has motion detecting capabilities, works in dark rooms, and the feed can be viewed on a browser or via a mobile app. Unfortunately, due to a firmware vulnerability, hackers were able to gain control of some cameras and invite themselves into the homes of families around the country.

Since Forbes and Time both reported on the story earlier this year, Foscam has released several firmware upgrades that should put an end to this security breach. It’s important to remember, however, that any device in your home that is connected to the Internet is vulnerable. This includes smartphones and tablets, as well as video game systems.

There is no reason for you or your family to give up the security and ease that wireless technology brings into your life. As we’ve previously shared, there are a few important things you can do to protect yourself.

Secure your home with this hacker-halting checklist:

  • Always password protect your Wi-Fi
  • Secure your phones, tablets, PCs and other wireless devices with passwords
  • Never provide your personal information over the phone unless you’ve placed the call
  • Be wary of texts and e-mails from unfamiliar sources that ask for personal information

And, as always, IdentityForce is here to back you up. No matter what your security concerns are, UltraSecure will monitor your personal information for unusual activity and alert you in time to stop hackers in their tracks.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Wade Armstrong.

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Heidi Daitch

Director, Strategic Programs at IdentityForce
Heidi is a busy working mom who juggles many of the same responsibilities and challenges at home and at work - a long list of things to do and not enough time to do everything. With so little time, Heidi tries hard to find simple, but effective strategies to save time for what’s really important – spending time with her family.
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