Can my new connected baby monitor be hacked?
ACLAIRE DAVIES REPLIES: Any network-connected home appliance or smart gadget that uses a password or pin is susceptible to hacking. To what degree depends on the product and its level of encryption.
Some baby monitors come with a default password, pre-installed by the manufacturer, and unfortunately some of these get shared online. So your first port of call is to change the password on your new monitor. Our sister magazine,
TechLife, urges anyone using webcams and baby monitors to use strong passwords, including non-sequential numbers and letters that don’t relate to you in any way. It’s also important to regularly update the software and any app associated with your baby monitor, Smart Home Surgery and to ensure that your internet router or modem is secure (change any default passwords now if you haven’t already done so) since this is how your monitor will connect to the internet.
Buying from established brands adds further peace of mind, as they typically have vetted security features. You could look at the award-winning Netgear Arlo 1080p HD Baby Monitoring camera ($399, arlo.com/au), or even consider the Nest Cam Indoor ($279, store.nest.com/
au). Both offer cloud storage, too.