Going mobile with home security is risky

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by JESSE JONES / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 28, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 10:25 AM

Buying high tech security for your home is now becoming affordable for many families.

"It's nice to have that sense of comfort, the sense of security to know that at any time during the day I can peek in and see what's going on, making sure that everything's good," explained Ken Hall, who recently installed a system.

Home security systems are being advertised everywhere, but what was once only offered by just security companies is now available through cable and cell phone companies.

“We're talking about technology that's powerful and the power can be used for good or ill,” explained Christopher Budd with Trend Micro.

Budd is a computer security expert who says you have to be very careful with this technology.

“You're giving control of your home security system to that device.  If you lose that device, for instance, whoever has it can take control of your home security system,” said Budd.

Think of it this way: if you can look into your house and check everything on your cell phone, well, the bad guy can hack your phone and have the very same view.

Hackers can get into your computer using malware and keystroke loggers.  With the ability to follow your tracks on the web, your system's user names and passwords can become vulnerable.

“If you can access it on the internet, someone, not you, can potentially access it on the internet as well,” reminded Budd.

And if you're running or accessing your home security system with Windows XP - stop now!  Microsoft will no longer fix security holes in the operating system.  In fact, some of the hacks into XP have already begun.

Bottom line: Make sure you have malware and virus protection on your computer and your Windows or Android smartphones because you don't want to end up as the feature show for the bad guys.

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