Posted by Aston Avery

Listen: hidden home dangers

Internet-connected devices such as smart speakers, security cameras, and fitness trackers can be used by abusers to harm and exert control over their partners.

Security and privacy firm Avast has partnered with national domestic abuse charity, Refuge, to outline the top ten internet-connected devices that are most reported by victims of domestic abuse as being used against them:

  • RING doorbells
  • Amazon Alexa & Amazon Echo
  • Google Home Hub
  • Nest systems and smart thermostats
  • Smart TVs
  • Smart Plugs
  • Fitness trackers and Smartwatches (Apple Watch)
  • Wireless systems
  • Smart locks
  • CCTV Cameras

To help women regain control of their digital devices and environment, Avast and Refuge have joined forces to launch an IoT home safety tool, designed to highlight the ways smart home devices can be misused and help women keep their devices safe and free from abuse.

Aston spoke to Jaya Baloo, CISO at Avast. 

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