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How safe is your wi-fi baby monitor from hacking?

We explain the major security considerations when buying a new baby monitor

How safe is your wi-fi baby monitor from hacking?

Wi-fi baby monitors aren’t limited by the typical signal range constraints of traditional audio or video baby monitors, which means you can peek in on your baby from the convenience of your smartphone wherever you are.

But while this is an appealing perk for many parents, if your baby monitor isn’t secure then it potentially leaves the camera open to hackers and malicious software.

This is, thankfully, pretty rare, but just because it’s unusual that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take steps to keep your baby monitor safe.

Whether you already own a wi-fi baby monitor or are in the market to buy one, make sure to follow our expert tips to protect yours from being hacked, and find out what we’ve discovered in our most recent baby monitor tests.

Go to our Best Buy baby monitors to find those with a lower risk of hacking and minimal security vulnerabilities.

How to protect your baby monitor from hackers

If it’s poorly secured, an internet-enabled device could be vulnerable to being hacked, potentially giving a stranger access to see inside your home.

Unfortunately paying more for your wi-fi baby monitor doesn’t automatically mean it’s not prone to hacking.

These six privacy tips will help to keep your devices secure:

  1. Set up your camera with a strong password that’s not used elsewhere. Don’t use default passwords as they may already be known to hackers.
  2. Take a look at the default settings and dig around to check you’ve activated all the security features available. Two-factor authentication is a useful feature to look out for.
  3. Check for any security software updates for the camera and app regularly and make sure to install them. In some cases you can enable automatic updates.
  4. Make sure your internet router or modem is secure (change any default passwords and install updates).
  5. Turn off remote access to your baby monitor if you don’t need it.
  6. If you’re using your smartphone app as a baby monitor, check the security settings and set a password if you can.

Find out more tips and advice in our guide to protecting your wi-fi baby monitor from hacking.

Wi-fi baby monitor reviews

Every wi-fi monitor we review goes through a barrage of privacy and security tests, which include trying to the hack the baby monitor camera feed.

We’ve found baby monitors with only bare minimum security measures in place.

Others fail to keep their products updated, making them less secure as time goes on.

Here are a few of the latest, popular wi-fi baby monitors we’ve tested:

Arlo Baby – £269

Like most wi-fi monitors, the Arlo Baby is pretty pricey (although it’s currently half price at some online retailers). However, it comes with a huge number of practical features including high-definition video, a lullaby player, night light and two-way talk back.

You can also set up motion and sound alerts, and monitor the air in your baby’s nursery to make sure it’s the right temperature and check the humidity and volatile organic compound (VOC) level.

Although it’s got a lot going for it, our tests found that it’s missing one typically standard baby monitor feature that a lot of parents value. Find out what it is in our Arlo Baby review.

Motorola Halo Smart Crib Projector – £249

The Motorola Halo Smart Crib Projector is an unusual-looking baby monitor that’s mounted on your baby’s cot to give you a bird’s eye view of your little one sleeping.

It gives parents the option to use the supplied parent unit, or you can access the camera feed via the Hubble app on your smartphone or tablet, or the Motorola Hubble website.

It also comes with a movement monitor so you can monitor how much sleep your child is getting and see a summary of activity, as well as record footage and save photos.

There are a few issues we discovered during testing that might put parents off shelling out for the Halo. Read our Motorola Halo Smart Crib Projector review to see if they are a deal-breaker for you.

Summer Infant Liv Cam – £100

If you’re after a wi-fi baby monitor but worried about hacking, the Summer Infant Liv Cam may appeal. Instead of connecting to your wi-fi router like most wi-fi baby monitors, it broadcasts its own wi-fi connection, which is more secure as it forms its own private network.

It’s billed as the ideal baby monitor for travelling as it won’t take up much room in your luggage. It also comes with a height adjustable arm that you can pivot to find the best angle and a suction cup mount to quickly and securely attach it to a flat surface.

But while the Liv Cam is less of a hacking risk than most wi-fi monitors, there are a few drawbacks to it having its own network. Take a look at our Summer Infant Liv Cam review to discover what they are.

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