Hackers may be invading your privacy more than you think

MGN Online
Monday, December 16, 2013 - 10:12am

With the recent scare over stolen passwords of millions of Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the constant fear about identity theft online, you probably thought, at least I am safe from hackers in my home. Unfortunately, that's not really the case and we have some guidance on how you can protect your home from getting hacked.

Usually once vulnerabilities are found in home devices, manufacturers take the necessary steps to fix those problems, but hackers are determined and keep finding new ways to bend rules. so here are some of the issues you want to be aware of now starting with your front door.

If you have a "smart home" device, a hacker could unlock your door remotely and access your other connected home appliances.

The same is true if you have a smart meter to control your electricity. Most people don't change the default password electric companies set in the first place, so hackers can find them online and hack away.

Here's a scary one, some smart TVs have built-in cameras, so hackers can remotely turn that on and watch you. Baby monitors have similar challenges.

They can turn off and on your lamps and your heating system, and they can set default passwords for network extenders, routers, cell phones and web cameras -- all dangerous routes to identity theft.

One last one, if a hacker can get onto your wi-fi network, he could also access your refrigerator settings and do something mean like melt your ice cream. It doesn't seem as bad as stealing your money or identity, but maybe an insult to other injuries.

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