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The Resource Center Identity Theft & Protection | article

Identify Theft by Hackers through Household Devices

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night after being awoken by strange voices coming from your baby’s bedroom. Your brain may jump to a number of conclusions, from burglars in the house to maybe even a paranormal presence, but you may not immediately make the connection between these sounds and identity theft.

However, as one horrified Houston family found out the hard way, some individuals have the ability to hack into a number of household appliances, including baby monitors, to steal your identity and do a boatload of damage before you even get the chance to report credit fraud.

A man had been able to remotely tap into this family’s baby monitor, Fox News reports, and gather personal information about all members of the household in order to not only commit identity theft, but also simply to frighten the babysitter and child.

What’s disturbing about this story is the fact that there are a number of other household items that depend on an internet connection that amateur thieves can use to steal your personal information. From GPS devices to learn your address and whereabouts at a given time even to pacemakers and blood pumps that could give them access to your personal medical history.

To avoid having to report credit fraud because your household appliances had been compromised, make sure to choose strong passwords for your devices, choose digital appliances instead of analog and make sure all software is up to date. The same methods you’d implore to shield from identity theft on your iPhone or computer apply to these technologies as well.