Beware the holiday gifts that can spy on you.
Sound like an overly dire warning, you say? Well, in this ever-more-internet-connected world it might surprise you how many of those wish list gifts come with a tantalizing lure for criminals.
“If you can connect it to your home Wi-Fi there is always the potential that someone can get in and hack it,” tech expert Andrea Smith told me the other day. She should know. As co-host of the popular Parenting Bytes podcast Smith has been advising consumers for years about the latest in consumer electronics – both the good and the bad.
“If there is a camera (on a toy) they can spy on your kid,” Smith said. “If there’s a GPS locator built in they can see where you live. If there’s a microphone a criminal can hear your conversations.”