If your child's toy can be connected to the internet, it can be hacked

The less your toy knows about you, the safer you are.

A quick internet search brings up hundreds of smart toys, but now hackers can get into your sensitive information through your child's toy.

"Most of the time, everybody just pulls it out of the box, connects it to their open network, hands it over to the kid, and they just go to town." Hi-Tex Solutions owner Jason Dragoo said.

If you have your eye on an internet-powered toy, know that hackers have their eyes set on it too. Dragoo says that a lot of information you give to the toy can end up on the manufacturers database, where hackers can get into. 

"That database is easily hacked, then all of a sudden your name, your phone number, a GPS-enabled device, the location where your kids are, all that is available online for anyone that wants it." Dragoo explained.

Toys that ask for your child's birthday, city you live in, or even your favorite color should be on your radar. The more knowledge you give your toy, the greater the chance for hackers to learn more details.

Dragoo suggests changing default passwords before connecting it to your personal home network or smart phone. The less your toy knows about you, the safer you are.  

"Making sure that when they're not being played with that the toy is actually turned off,” Dragoo said. “Really, you're providing that instrument a lot of personal information, so just limit the kind of information that you're providing.”

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