Those digital frames that let you change art with the swipe of your hand are perfect for proud grandparents—and hackers, too. Sara Haghdoosti from Mozilla shares that “if hacked, the frame’s ambient light sensors can help a thief know the comings and goings in your household.”
Garage door openers
Opening and shutting your garage door with the click of a button is a convenience that has been around for decades. But if a smart version is hacked, it could clue a burglar into your daily habits, such as when you leave for work for the day and when you’re out of town. Again, make sure that you’ve updated its default password and change it on occasion. To be extra safe, try storing valuables with one of these 20 great hiding place ideas in your home.
Ambitious hackers can put a stranglehold on entire blocks. Jason Hart from Gemalto, says the hackers “use IoT devices to compromise Wi-Fi networks and access personal data and passwords—putting families throughout an entire neighborhood on the road to financial ruin that only begins with looting of bank accounts.” If you notice any of these 12 red flags on your computer, someone could be spying on you.