A total stranger was able to see into another user’s house through their smart security camera. This has led to Google stopping Xiaomi camera integration with its Google Nest Hub. This brings up everybody’s worst fears of the Internet of Things, that all our smart devices are a way for potentially bad people to watch or listen to us. This comes on the heels of smart camera maker Wyze having had a major data breach exposing millions of customer details and Ring camera users reporting that hackers had accessed their devices and been speaking to them. In each of these cases the companies have taken fast remedial action, but it is a worry. How much of a worry? Well, the answer to that is a personal choice, does the convenience of telling Alexa to play your favourite artist or having high-quality low-cost security cameras outweigh the possible risk of someone knowing what is on your shopping list or if you’re out? Personally, I enjoy the convenience of smart technology, but we should all follow some basic rules to stay safe.
EVERY SMART DEVICE NEEDS A STRONG PASSWORD
Tips and Advice
- Strong Passwords – Do you use unique and secure passwords? Most of us don’t. The top 3 most used passwords, research by Nordpass, have found to be used more than 6 million times. Please read the Reassura guide to strong passwords for further guidance.
- Keep updated – it is essential to keep the firmware updated on your devices as manufacturers regularly issue updates to protect vulnerabilities
- Still Unsure? – Call Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisors will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool
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