Smart home devices: Simple fix could help protect your privacy

Posted at 6:49 AM, May 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 11:12:32-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Families across San Diego County are using their voices to command all sorts of smart devices in their homes, but are those gadgets hearing too much?

Jennifer Leinberger isn't too worried about it. She said she loves all the gadgets she has in her home.

"Sit in your chair and just watch everything going on," she said. "You don't have to go to the window anymore."

However, Mike Flaim said it is on his mind, especially when it comes to his smart TV.

"They can go in my bedroom and see what I'm watching in there? I don't think that's appropriate," he said. "It's no one's business what I am watching in my bedroom."

IT security expert Apolonio Garcia said people who don't change the default settings and passwords on their devices are taking a bigger risk. He advised users to change them immediately.

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"Everything from a thermostat to a Crock-Pot, all these things have the ability to transmit data," he said.

Garcia also suggested keeping cameras out of the bedroom.

According to a recent published report, the following devices found in homes could possibly be "spying" (or at least sharing or collecting data/information):

1. Amazon's Echo (and its Alexa digital assistant)
2. Google Home (Google's version of Echo)
3. Networked video games, like the XBox Kinect
4. Smart TVs
5. Facebook Live
6. Laptop Skype cameras (which face you at all times)
7. Home security cameras
8. Baby monitors
9. Internet-connected appliances (like Samsung's new Family Hub refrigerator that has web-connected cameras inside)