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12 Internet of Things hacks, and why you need to lock down your smart home in 2019

The most high-profile Internet of Things hacks and vulnerabilities - and how to protect your own smart home devices

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Computers and smartphones aren't the only gadgets in our lives in danger of getting hacked. Smart home security cameras, children's toys and even our routers, the device that takes us on the internet, are all vulnerable. However, that doesn't seem to be deterring people from buying connected devices.

We like these smart speakers, robot vacuums and video doorbells so much, that the smart home market is expected to hit $53.6 billion by 2022 (up from $24.1 billion in 2016), according to insurance company Assurant.

As we bring more connected products into our home in the coming new year, it's helpful to take steps to protect smart home devices from online attackers, the best that we can. Here are some famous hacks — and what consumers can do to try and thwart these attacks.

 Trendnet security camera

Trendnet

Surveillance cameras are meant to keep an eye on areas where people physically get to all the time. Only the people who install the cameras are supposed to have control over what's captured. In the case of internet-connected Trendnet cameras, the images were open to attacks which could transmit video feeds of people at home, wrote Wired.

Changing passwords from factory default settings, and then creating a robust passwords, are certainly good steps to helping to prevent unwanted visitors from tunneling in to your IoT products, like smart security cameras, at home.



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