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The scary way your home security system can actually put you at risk

The scary way your home security system can actually put you at risk
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You've been hearing a lot about the Internet of Things. These are Internet-connected devices like lightbulbs, vacuums, garage doors and home security systems that you can control from your smartphone, even if you're thousands of miles away.

IoT is a major advancement in technology, and it's being quickly embraced. In fact, every day, an estimated 5.5 million Internet of Things devices are connected in homes around the world, according to research company Gartner.

But that rapid adoption of new technology has a serious downside. Your privacy and security are being put at risk.

Frighteningly, that includes the cameras on some home security systems that, ironically, you install in your home to keep your family safe. This includes newer Foscam brands of home security systems. Some include "P2P" on the packaging, but some don't.

That P2P refers to peer-to-peer networks, where computers communicate with one another. In this case, that's with computers around the world. It's bad enough that your home security camera may be communicating with computer systems around the world without you knowing about it, but it gets worse.

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