How your baby monitor may not be secure

Is your baby monitor secure? The question isn’t something you probably think to ask, but may have to.

The Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Technology, Research and Investigation found some baby monitors that have WiFi could be at risk of being hacked. The monitor works by sending its feed to your home wireless router, then the router sends it over the internet so that you can view it remotely.

This means someone hack into the feed and watch your baby as well.

Out of the five baby monitors the agency looked at, only one required a complex password. The others allowed users to access the monitor with simple passwords, including one that was “password”. Additionally, three out of the five allowed you to repeatedly enter the incorrect password without locking you out.

Two of the five baby monitors didn’t encrypt the feed between the monitor and the home router, and one didn’t encrypt the feed from the router to the internet.

Here are some tips to ensure your monitor isn’t at risk:

Use the monitor’s security features. Be sure to look at the monitor’s security features and check which one best suits you. Once it’s purchased, be sure to use them by keeping the monitor’s software current and checking to see that a password is required. Make sure to choose a strong password and enable the security feature that encrypts information transmitted through the internet.

Buy a monitor with good security features. Look for monitors that use strong security protocols to transmit audio and video to your wireless router and internet. WPA2 is the standard wireless protocol for home routers. Protecting the feed is also important. Therefore, make sure the monitor uses an industry standard encryption protocol like SSL or TLS. Check the package or contact the manufacturer to find out.

Access the monitor securely. When accessing the monitor from a mobile device, confirm that your app is up-to-date and consider password-protecting your mobile device as well.