Can my new con­nected baby mon­i­tor be hacked?

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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.

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