Tips to protect your home when using smart technology

Evan King is a geek about smart things. In his home he has a smart lock, smart thermostat, smart refrigerator and even a device that allows him to watch his dog Chloe and give her treats from a distance, reports CBS News. King is chief technology officer at Consumer Watchdog. As much as he likes to spoil his dog, he realizes that the same camera that connects him to him could also be used by a criminal to spy on his home.”Smart homes are extremely hackable,” said Carmen Balber, director executive of Consumer Watchdog. .Balber said you can find online databases of home camera sources, allowing anyone to spy on an unsuspecting homeowner. Cameras are just one of the more obvious threats. Any gadget connected to the Internet can store and discover a treasure trove of data. Smart bulbs often store information, such as passwords, in the base of the bulbs. “If you throw that bulb away, someone can just pick it up and they have all your information right there in your trash can,” Balber said. .To make sure your smart home is hack-proof, make sure you have strong, different passwords for every account, CBS News reports.” One of the easiest ways for hackers to break into your home is if you don’t reset the factory set passwords on your device,” Balber said. Then, before you get rid of any connected devices, wipe data and reset them, especially your router. Most routers can be reset by pressing the reset button on the back. “If a hacker has access to your Wi-Fi network, they can access your computer, your passwords, your credit card accounts,” Balber said. Experts say smart home devices can be useful, but consumers need to be selective about what they connect to. Click below to see Andrew Mollenbeck’s report on the Iowa Amputee Golf Tournament:

Evan King is a geek about smart things. In his home he has a smart lock, smart thermostat, smart refrigerator and even a device that allows him to watch his dog Chloe and give her treats from a distance, reports CBS News.

King is chief technology officer at Consumer Watchdog. As much as he loves to spoil his dog, he realizes that the same camera that connects him to him could also be used by a criminal to spy on his home.

“Smart homes are incredibly hackable,” said Carmen Balber, executive director of Consumer Watchdog.

Balber said you can find online databases of home camera sources, allowing anyone to spy on an unsuspecting homeowner.

Cameras are just one of the more obvious threats. Any gadget connected to the Internet can store and discover a treasure trove of data. Smart bulbs often store information, such as passwords, in the base of the bulbs.

“If you throw away that light bulb, someone can just pick it up and they have all your information right there in your trash can,” Balber said.

To make sure your smart home is protected from hacking, make sure you have strong, different passwords for each account, reports CBS News.

“One of the easiest ways for hackers to get into your home is if you don’t change the factory passwords on your device,” Balber said.

Then, before you get rid of any connected devices, wipe data and reset them, especially your router. Most routers can be reset by pressing the reset button on the back.

“If a hacker has access to your Wi-Fi network, they can access your computer, your passwords, your credit card accounts,” Balber said.

Experts say smart home devices can be useful, but consumers need to be selective about what they connect.

Click below to see Andrew Mollenbeck’s report on the Iowa Amputee Golf Tournament:

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