The Dangers of Smart Baby Monitors and How to Avoid Being Hacked

You may have heard about the possibility of being hacked on your baby monitors. It’s scary! People have been speaking out about being hacked by various individuals, sometimes with malicious intent, but other times to help raise awareness for their hackable device. These devices that continue to be hacked are typically video cam baby monitors. These devices, which every parent buys to help relieve some stress and help out around the house, have been bringing more stress and fear into the homes of some families.

How do you avoid these hacks?

YouTuber Dad Verb has a great video on all the little things you can do to reduce your risk of getting hacked, linked HERE. In summary, you need to make sure you change the username and password provided by the monitor; you should make sure to change your password to something random with a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols; using two-factor verification is an incredibly helpful way to increase your security; if you can get a monitor that doesn’t connect to the internet that is still effective for you, that would be the safest option.

Is buying a video cam baby monitor really worth it?

It may just be unnecessary to buy a baby video monitor in most situations. If you’re looking for a product to help avoid SIDS, other baby monitors that do not have a video component are useful, like Owlet and Connect Wolf. These monitors provide the heart rate of your infant, among other things, that can help you keep track of the well-being of your child.

If your child has any medical conditions or sleeps relatively far from your room, then having a baby video monitor may make more sense.

In synopsis, when thinking about buying a video baby monitor, you should research your other options and consult your pediatrician. Think about what specifically you want to get out of this piece of baby tech; if there are any alternatives, perhaps go with those, if not, make sure to secure your piece of equipment before using!

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Isabel Joyce

Undergraduate Student at Carnegie Mellon University, studying Materials Science & Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.