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Chris McManamy is an IT professional, social media guru, & live streaming expert.
July 24, 2012Net Nanny for Android 2.0
Nov 20, 2016
“Internet of Things” and “smart homes” are the latest trends to see a major upswing in the world today. Notwithstanding a new trend has emerged, and it is in the form of smart toys. Yes, children toys are the latest items to be internet enabled, and allowed for things like predictive behavior so the toys basically “learn” as time goes on as your child interacts with the toy. In addition, some of these toys allow kids to post photos and setup screen names with parental accounts established first. All these toys do require parents to sync with a mobile app on their smartphone or tablet, and register using personal credentials (address, phone number, email) by the parents. Now that these devices are connected the internet, it becomes another avenue for hackers to intercept the transmitted information and use it for their own personal malice. In 2015, hackers breached toy maker Vtech and stole millions of records including real names, birthdates, addresses, and other identifiable personal information leaving users compromised and their personal security at risk.
How many parents out there are internet security professionals along with their kids? Usually none are, however parents need to exercise caution when setting up these smart toys for their children and take the necessary precautions to not only protect themselves, but protect their children as well:
While it seems cool to provide your children with the latest interactive experience with their toys, great caution needs to be exercised to protect their private information and your own. These toys are no longer exempt from the bad guys, and vendors cannot sweep this under the rug since the rules no longer apply to just Internet access anymore.
Just like any mobile App parents may want to use it is important to have restrictions to limit when these connected toys can and cannot be used. Net Nanny provides powerful tools for parents see which Apps their kids are using and create limitations on their use, helping to ensure these “always connected” toys are not “always on”.
Source: ABC News