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Rise in use of connective technology increases hacking risks

From your refrigerator to your baby monitor, security experts say more and more of the items we bring into our homes are at risk of being hacked.

Interconnectivity has become the normal. Everything is connected now, and other than hackers getting your personal information, they could use your devices without you even knowing it to target something larger, like the grid or the internet itself.

Before connecting any new device to your home web, such as your kids’ stuffed doll, to your thermostat to your car, security experts say you should think about how to take advantage of the technology, without exposing yourself to problems.

“This isn’t just your problem, its everyone’s problem. So as you decide to use these devices you really should be thinking about is this device secure, and the company that makes this, do they even care about security in any way shape or form,” says Dan Didier, Vice President of Services at Greycastle Security in Troy.

Didier says security can be expensive, and companies won’t make it a priority unless consumers demand it. He says you may not even know if one of your connected items has been a target.

“The goal in a lot of those cases is to use those compromised systems to have that power, to cause an outage. It could be anything from a consumer website to the power grid,” said Didier.

CBS 6 also spoke with Jason Anderson, the Owner of FullDuplexTech.com.

“How disturbed would you be, or I would be having a child, if at night I heard a strangers voice come over the intercom that’s listening to the baby,” said Anderson.

He says he purposely has a baby monitor that’s not on the internet. He says you have to be aware of what you have connected and the potential risks.

“It could be something annoying someone changing the temp on your thermostat, all the way up to someone getting access to your computer and stealing your identity,” said Anderson.

He says you need the right router, not the cheapest one.

They advise changing default passwords, as well as limiting the apps on your phone to only those you really need and trust.

As we become more reliant on the internet, experts say expect more outages and attacks.

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