Our own head of professional services, Rob Shapland, joined comedian Joe Lycett on his Channel 4 consumer rights show Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back to hack smart tech.
If you missed it, Joe and Rob infiltrated smart tech in a house where ex-footballer Chris Kamara and comedian Mark Silcox were waiting, hacking the home wi-fi, smart tv and even the kettle.
So, how was it done?
Although the VT was a bit of fun with Joe, there’s a serious message behind it.
The hacking shown in the programme was accomplished because:
- The Wifi network was protected by WPA2 encryption, but was using a weak password that was easily guessed.
Tip: Always use a password of 12 characters or more for your wireless router, preferably longer and with numbers and symbols.
- The Amazon account that controlled the Alexa also had a weak password.
Tip: Make sure you use a strong password that is different to the password you use for other accounts.
- The cameras were using a default password.
Tip: Whenever you buy a smart device, ensure that you change the password straight away.