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Hack Friday Set To Leave Consumers Exposed

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Thousands of smart tech products, such as wireless cameras and alarms, on sale through Amazon and eBay are liable to leave users open to cybercrooks, leaving the upcoming Black Friday sales bonanza a potential field day for dodgy dealings.

A report has found sites are strewn with clones of more expensive brands, and these are lacking in security protection, leaving users open to web hackers.

Consumer group Which? found more than 1800 smart tech products for sale using apps with “inadequate security protection”, which could leave users exposed to hackers, as well as infringing their data privacy.

These products include smart doorbells, wireless cameras, alarms and tablets, selling for around a third of the cost of devices from higher brands like Arlo, Samsung and the like.

“Our investigation has uncovered concerning security flaws with smart products that have flooded online marketplaces and could put consumers at risk this Black Friday,” says Kate Bevan, computing editor at Which?

“Which? is warning consumers to be cautious when shopping for connected tech products.

“Make sure you have researched the product you’re thinking of buying and choose one that doesn’t play fast and loose with security.”

Which? found 1727 products sold on online marketplaces operated through four apps, Aiwit, CamHi, CloudEdge and Smart Life, which have potential security issues, including password security.

Speaking on the worrying matter, an Amazon spokesperon says, “Safety is important to Amazon and we want customers to shop with confidence on our stores. We have proactive measures in place to prevent suspicious or non-compliant products from being listed and we monitor the products sold in our stores for product safety concerns.”

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