The phenomenal, yet sometimes ridiculous advances in smart devices and technology have become increasingly popular. As consumers we are constantly reminded of the threats associated with smart objects, but, when kids are involved, this threat becomes increasingly more realistic and worrisome.
You may recall a traumatic experience several years ago when a man hacked the baby monitor of a 10-month old sleeping baby. Shortly thereafter, the family released a graphic, disturbing video which further emphasized the extent to which the hacker acted.
More recently, a similar situation occurred when a family awoke to the sound of a males voice coming from their three-year old’s bedroom. To their horror, they noticed the cameras night vision was being controlled in order to follow their movements. The family immediately filed a complaint against Foscam, the manufacturer of the product, who explained their baby monitor was hacked and was being controlled by a smartphone or tablet. CBS News describes this crime as “becoming more and more frequent.” Due to the Internet connect and smart phone capabilities that many baby monitors now come equipped with, it is possible for strangers to hack such devices.
What would you do? Do you trust emerging media and digital connections when it comes to your kids? How do you ensure safety within your household?