NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Consumer experts are warning shoppers to think twice about buying popular “smart” and “connected” devices this holiday season.

When it comes to your personal information, there are some extra steps you want to be sure you’re taking this holiday season so what’s private stays that way. This includes phones, cameras and even exercise equipment.

These devices all come with risks, even “smart” toys with microphones you may be looking at for your children.

There are some simple steps to take before hooking up a new gadget that can help keep hackers out of your house.

For instance, always change your password before setting up a new device, update any software and make sure you create a guest network in your home.

Consumer experts said this helps block certain devices and prevents hackers from getting in.

“It’s the value of the package. If someone can hack a consumer’s PC, steal banking credentials, their social, that whole package on the dark web is worth $1,000,” Chris Rouland, CEO, Phosphorous Cybersecurity, said.

Some companies collect your personal information and routinely sell it as a way to make money.

The more steps you take to protect that information, the less about yourself gets out there.

 

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