With the never-ending advancement in technology, new gadgets are being launched every day. They cover the fields of medical appliances, cars, security gadgets and guess what? Even toys are susceptible to being hacked! Most of the gadgets, which are prone to hacking are connected to the internet. Over one-third of Internet-connected gadgets are vulnerable to exploitation by hackers. These latest technology devices do make our lives simpler and easy, but will you opt for convenience and ease of living over your privacy and security? Watch out for these 15 everyday use gadgets, which are prone to hack attacks!
1. Personal Computers
One of the most used gadgets is your computer or laptop. Almost all of us store important data on our PCs. This makes our computers one of the most common targets for hackers. As per the FBI, around $18 million were extorted by hackers by hacking the users’ PCs. Remember to always update your software and change your passwords regularly!
2. Kids toys connected to the internet
One of the most famous internet connected dolls was ‘My Friend Cayla’ in the United States. The creators said that it acted as the child’s interactive friend, who would keep their secrets. But according to German regulators, Cayla was created for spying on kids! The creep factor is that the doll projects targeted advertisements towards kids and also posed a massive threat to your privacy. The next time you are buying a toy for your kids, stick to the ones not connected to the internet!
3. Mobile Wallets
Digital transactions improve our convenience and ease of shopping too! We store our ‘e-money’ in our digital wallets. This makes our e-wallets highly prone to hackers looking to extort money and steal your information as well! While e-wallets like Google Pay and Apple Pay have security features like fingerprint access, hackers have found their way around them too!
4. Insulin Pumps
Hackers may also target diabetic patients by bugging their insulin pumps! An overdose of insulin by hackers is a high possibility as well. Johnson & Johnson warned their customers about a bug found in their insulin pumps! Diabetic patients need to stay safe out there!
5. CT Scanners
Hackers have the potential of targeting medical appliances like CT Scanners. Cybercriminals may increase radiation exposure limits on the scanner, and even control the radiation, which will subsequently prove to be deadly for the patient.
6. X-Ray Machines
X-Ray machines do have an authentication process for the hospital staff and doctors to access the patients’ medical records and reports. However, your X-ray reports are backed up in a storage unit, which can serve as a backdoor for hackers to access your information!
When doctors disable wireless in the pacemaker of Former Vice President Dick Cheney, or when FDA recalls half a million pacemakers over the possibility of a potential hacking attack, you know that pacemakers aren’t safe as well! Your pacemaker may be even tracking you from inside of your body!
8. Internet Connected Thermostats
Modern thermostats come with a mobile phone application, which can help you to control the temperature of your house from anywhere in the world. Hackers can target your internet connected thermostat to heat up your house and cause you great losses.
9. Baby Monitors
Every parent wishes to keep an eye on their child while they are away. They invest in baby monitors with features like motion sensors and wireless connectivity. These baby monitors are capable of being hacked and turn every parent’s worst nightmare into reality! The users must always change their passwords and username when they buy the gadget to stay away from potential hacking.
10. Smoke Detectors
When your emergency-alert device is hacked, your home is at a potential security threat. Always make sure to update your software and password to protect your home from cyber-attack.
TVs connected to your internet can be easily hacked by cyber-security threats. As per data dumps by WikiLeaks, the CIA can easily access what’s happening in your living room from your TVs! Your family’s private activities may be watched over through your television screen!
12. Security X-Ray Machines
X-Ray machine hacking is not only confined to medical appliances, but also the security X-Ray machines! Criminals and terrorists can slip the security procedure by hacking the X-ray machine and carry their weapons through them with ease!
13. Mobile Phones
This one is a no-brainer! After your personal computers, your mobile phone is the next one most susceptible to hacking. Your mobile phone has your credit card details, emails and e-wallets, which make them a treasure for hackers. Hackers can steal your information by building apps, which record your private information and conversations!
14. ‘Smart Cars’
Self-driving smart cars are the future and are also the favorite targets of hackers. Cybercriminals can take control of your vehicles and cause accidents over highways and roads. They can also track your movements and the places you go to. Thus, violating your privacy. Car companies must partner up with other software ventures to prevent hacking of smart cars.