There’s nothing more important to a new parent than keeping their baby safe. This is why most parents purchase a camera baby monitor. However, baby monitors are not as safe as you might think. Criminals and pedophiles could easily hack into the monitor and spy on your family. This isn’t surprising, especially since there are all types of spy products today like spyware for cell phones.
A recent study conducted by Ben-Gurion University researchers revealed how easy it is to hack into smart home devices like baby monitors. According to Dr. Yossi Oren who participated in the research:
“It is truly frightening how easily a criminal, voyeur or pedophile can take over these devices. Using these devices in our lab, we were able to play loud music through a baby monitor, turn off a thermostat and turn on a camera remotely, much to the concern of our researchers who themselves use these products.”
It’s definitely scary to think that a criminal could access your baby monitor and use it to spy on your family. Below are two stories about baby monitor hacking.
Mi-Cam Video Baby Monitors
In February 2018, a cybersecurity company found that Mi-Cam had multiple vulnerabilities which enabled hackers to easily gain access to the device.
The vulnerabilities found enabled hackers to:
- Bypass the Android app’s need for a password.
- Get information regarding Mi-Cam cloud connection.
- Interact with the baby monitor.
- Intercept Mi-Cam video feeds.
At the time, Mi-Cam, sold by miSafes, had 50,000 users. Thankfully, this baby monitor is no longer in production.
Mom Says Her Baby Monitor Was Hacked
Jamie Summitt, a resident of Charleston, South Carolina, claims that someone hacked her baby monitor and was spying on her family. Jamie had the bassinet and baby monitor set up in her bedroom. One day, she noticed that the camera monitor moved on its own to where she was sitting and then moved back. She thought this was suspicious and immediately disconnected the device, removed the app, and contacted the police.
Her suspicions were correct. Her baby monitor had been hacked. She was horrified at the thought of someone spying on her, her husband, and newborn baby boy. The scary part of this is that the hacker could share her intimate moments and images of her son online without her even knowing. No parent wants their family’s privacy violated by a hacker or worse, a pedophile.
Hear Jamie’s by watching the video below.
Baby Monitor Hacking Prevention Tips
1. Look For A Baby Monitor With Less Features
The common phrase “less is more” can be applied when shopping for baby monitors. It has been proven that baby monitors with more features are actually easier to hack than those with less. When you’re shopping for a monitor, keep this in mind.
2. Purchase A Monitor From A Reputable Company
Don’t skimp when purchasing a baby monitor. It can be tempting to save an extra buck or two, but the cost could be much greater. When shopping for a monitor, purchase one from a reputable company like Babysense.
3. Have A Strong Username & Password For Your Monitor And Wi-Fi
Just like with any tech device, you need to have a strong username and password that is unrelated to you. If you don’t do this, hackers could easily access your baby monitor or Wi-Fi network by just knowing a few details about you. Also, make sure you don’t use the same password twice for any of your accounts.
4. Constantly Update Your Baby Monitor
If you have a monitor, check the manufacturer’s site daily for the latest updates. These updates are created to make sure there are no vulnerabilities and that the monitor works correctly. This is a simple and quick precaution any parent can take to protect their baby monitor from being hacked.
5. Turn The Monitor Off When Not In Use
If you aren’t using the baby monitor, turn it off. Hackers usually try to access monitors through Wi-Fi networks. So turning off your monitor is a great way to avoid being hacked.
With threats like hackers and text spy software out there, there’s no such thing as being too careful especially when it comes to your children. By taking the above precautions and purchasing a good baby monitor, your family will be safe from spies.
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