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July 24, 2012Net Nanny for Android 2.0
Aug 14, 2013
Lauren and Marc Gilbert of Texas were startled one recent evening to hear someone speaking in their sleeping 2-year-old daughter's room. When they approached, they realized the voice was coming out of their web cam/baby monitor. They were sickened to hear a man cursing. He also said sexually-explicit things to their sleeping child. Worse still, the perpetrator called the toddler by name and told her to wake up.
Shockingly, a hacker had connected to the family's Wi-Fi network and had commandeered the webcam. In this case, hacking into a webcam is much like breaking into a website. Almost any device connected to Wi-Fi or the Internet is a candidate for hackers.
If there is no password on the Wi-Fi network, or if the password is weak, it can be compromised.
What should parents do?
Our digital world can be complex and potentially dangerous. Parents need to take a few precautions to protect kids. Most importantly, it's important to be vigilant and monitor what kids do.
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