Did you know that ransomware is the most widespread, destructive malware in the world today? It accounts for 39% of all security breaches, with ransomware gangsters projected to make $11.5B in profits from online extortion by 2019.
Tonight's the night. And it's going to happen again, and again. The shrieks from the other room wake you from your slumber. As you hazily come to, you ask yourself, “Is it going to stop?” Is tonight the night the zombie-like moans and cries last for only moments? Or are we about to have a full-blown zombie apocalypse toddler meltdown? The cries grow louder and you know, even in your own zombie-like state, you must get out of bed. The softness of your comforter beckons you to stay just a little bit longer... And then you hear it.
“Shhhhh, little girl go to sleep...”
Your heart stops and you’re on your feet in an instant. You’re looking for any blunt object in your bedroom on the way through the door and down the hall. You approach your daughter’s room. It’s louder.
“It’s ok little baby, lay back down. I’m right here.”
You bust through the door ready for whatever monster lurks in the dark. You fumble your way through her bedroom, looking for monsters under the bed or skeletons in the closet. Nothing there. It’s silent. Did you just imagine it? You say, “I swear I heard a voice,” as you plead with your spouse. Every light in the house is on and you’ve combed through every nook and cranny. There’s no one there.
You pick your daughter up and rock her back to sleep. As you’re humming Twinkle Twinkle Little Star for the umpteenth time, the hairs on the back of your neck start to rise, as you have the distinct feeling that somebody's watching you. And they are. In your pantless, slobbered on, trapped by a sleeping baby state, you realize the faint glow from your baby monitor is on and the camera is moving. You’ve been hacked. The monsters are there. They’re real and they’re watching you.
It’s not just a story. Baby monitor hacking has been on the rise since the introduction of wifi-enabled monitors. Just like any piece of technology connected to the internet they are susceptible to intruders. If you currently have a wifi-enabled baby monitor, take these precautionary steps to keep your children safe from the monsters on the internet.
Change default passwords on your baby cameras.
Update passwords on your network/router.
Use complicated passwords and change them often.
Always install updates from the manufacturer as this rising threat is prompting security patches.
While you’re at it, make sure you update/install antivirus software on all of your wireless, baby-related (and non baby-related) devices.
Have you ever encountered this issue or do you have further tips for protection? Tell me in the comments below.