Simple Safety Tips to Avoid Computer Hacking

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

Recently, a Texas couple were shocked to learn somebody had hacked into their baby monitor to spy and whisper inappropriate things to their sleeping daughter.

It's just the latest way people are using the internet to commit crimes, but there is an easy solution.

Instead of hearing coos from their sound, sleeping baby, the couple heard a man's voice saying sexually explicit things to their daughter through their baby monitor.

The family's wireless internet, which the video baby monitor functioned through, was reportedly unsecured leaving them open to hackers and in their case, a predator.

Everybody loves the convenience of wireless internet, but that convenience can be cause for concern if you're not careful.

"Unfortunately, there's a lot of these that are probably out there, people go out quick and buy a wireless router and want the convenience but they're not paying attention to actually securing that down," said Det. Sgt. Dan Duley of the Antigo Police Department.

He says it's imperative families have a secured network to prevent hacking. You only need a strong password, one with letters, numbers and special characters that isn't easy to guess. It should be changed monthly.

It's also important to use a firewall and antivirus software.

They certainly need to be careful and there's a lot that happens out on the internet," Duley said. "The internet's a great thing for a lot of items, but there's a lot of bad that can be out there too."

It's also important to be aware of public wireless networks. Avoid doing personal business, like banking, when using a public network at a restaurant, hotel or coffee shop.

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