The FBI is warning parents about Internet-connected toys that could impact their children’s privacy and safety.
Though ‘smart toys’ are the latest craze for kids, the FBI is warning parents about the dangers of these toys. The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning against toys that connect to the Internet, saying that they can put children’s privacy and safety at risk. This includes toys that connect to the Internet directly through the W-Fi or indirectly through an app. Hackers can connect to the cameras, microphones, GPS, and other features of the toys and find out personal information about children, such as their name, school, and location. Internet-connected toy, ‘My Friend Cayla’, was banned in Germany earlier this year due to hacking concerns.
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In order to protect your personal information around the toys, the FBI is urging parents to use complex cyber-passwords, secure Wi-Fi, and updated firmware. The smart toys should also be turned off when not in use.