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Problems and Solutions for Baby Monitor Smartphone Apps

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In this digital age of parenting, baby monitor apps for smartphones are quickly gaining ground, but are they safe? One story from the DailyTech shares how a baby monitor was hacked and the perpetrator swore at the child! The main concern with anything wireless is that the signal can be sniffed and, because of default passwords or other carelessness, the miscreant can hijack the signal and view all the traffic on the network.  Here are some simple things you can do to ensure the security of your little one:

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In this digital age of parenting, baby monitor apps for smartphones are quickly gaining ground, but are they safe? One story from the DailyTech shares how a baby monitor was hacked and the perpetrator swore at the child! The main concern with anything wireless is that the signal can be sniffed and, because of default passwords or other carelessness, the miscreant can hijack the signal and view all the traffic on the network.  Here are some simple things you can do to ensure the security of your little one:

  1. Make sure your home WiFi network is locked down as much as possible to prevent hacking by turning on the router’s built in firewall.
  2. Use strong alphanumeric passwords and special characters.  If it’s hard, most hackers won’t even bother.
  3. Change the default IP range to WPA2
  4. Create a new admin account on the WiFi router (no “admin” or “administrator” usernames) and disable/delete the default admin account .

There are some monitor apps that trigger a warning if it senses illegal entry into it’s system.  Although nothing is foolproof, using the steps above makes your smartphone baby apps less vulnerable and helps create a secure wireless environment for your sleeping baby.

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