USA Today Network Anusha Roy, KUSA-TV, Denver
Posted 08:08 AM ET Dec. 25, 2016 | Updated at 2:19 pm ET Dec. 25 2016
Some of the much needed tech toys your kids received on Christmas Day can connect to Wi-Fi, cameras and apps.
DENVER – Some of these toys your children have unpacked late Saturday or Christmas day can connect to Wi-Fi, cameras and applications
If so, do not neglect the safety and privacy of your children.
"There are a few reasons Lly cool smart toys, smart toys, Wi-Fi compatible toys like little dolls that talk to you or listen to you," said Molly Wendell, member of the board of directors The group consists of executives from state security companies.
These types of toys are hot items during the holiday season, but they are also ripe for the problems at which all parents do not think … could listen to your child or record a video or record your child's voice, "said Wendell. This ability means that someone could hack your personal computer network and access your online bank statements, credit cards and even medical records.
"There is the trade-off between security and the privacy of your family and the coolness of the toy," said Sam Masiello, a father of three girls and also head of the safety of the # 39, information to TeleTech Holdings (TTEC) in Englewood, Colorado
Toy Rake at Toys R Us. (Photo: Paul J. Richards, AFP / Getty Images)
Some of the toys can record what is being said around them and then transcribe the conversation, said Masiello. , manufacturers know what has been said and can sell the information to advertisers.
"If you accidentally hear that you want to buy a new car, it might be the only way to get it. "send to," he explains, which is why some toy companies answer privacy questions on their websites, promising everything a toy intends or protects.
Cyber experts recommend changing Wi-Fi passwords often. Go to toy settings, limit the amount of data shared and turn off any camera. Keep in mind that toys with cameras that also connect to the Internet can be hacked, which means that cameras can be turned on and off without your knowledge.
"We have young children, so we do not get toys with the Internet," said Adam Rutan of Lakewood, Colorado, who was shopping in Timbuk Toys in Lakewood
If you have a toy that asks for names, try saying a fake name so that it does not remember the real name of your child.
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