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Crackdown on web gadgets that spy on us in our homes: Ministers promise new code of practice for ‘smart’ CCTV …

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  • A kitemark code of practice is being launched for 420million ‘smart’ devices
  • Cameras costing as little as £25 are leaving homes and businesses vulnerable
  • A sinister website broadcasts hours of real-time footage that anyone can access 

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Tighter security on internet-connected gadgets is promised by ministers today after fears that millions of us are being spied on in our homes.

A kitemark-style code of practice for the 420million ‘smart’ devices expected to be in use by 2020 is being launched by the Government.

It comes after a Daily Mail investigation revealed how surveillance cameras costing as little as £25 are unwittingly leaving households, businesses and schools and colleges open to snoopers.

A sinister website, thought to be hosted in Moldova, broadcasts hundreds of thousands of hours of real-time footage that can be viewed by anyone with access to the internet.

A Daily Mail investigation revealed how surveillance cameras costing as little as £25 are unwittingly leaving households, businesses and schools and colleges open to snoopers 

A Daily Mail investigation revealed how surveillance cameras costing as little as £25 are unwittingly leaving households, businesses and schools and colleges open to snoopers 

A Daily Mail investigation revealed how surveillance cameras costing as little as £25 are unwittingly leaving households, businesses and schools and colleges open to snoopers 

The devices, known as IP (internet protocol) cameras, let those worried about home security monitor what is happening when they’re away by logging on via their smartphone. Many cheaper models, however, have default passwords which are widely known by hackers.

Cyber-security experts warn that a new generation of ‘smart’ products ranging from doorbells which broadcast an image of who is calling to televisions and toys can be exploited in the same way.

A code of practice for manufacturers and retailers launched by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport aims to reassure consumers that the equipment does offer protection from cyber attacks.

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Key requirements will include a unique password for every device, encryption of sensitive data when it is transmitted online, and automatic software updates to keep ahead of hackers. 

The devices, known as IP (internet protocol) cameras, let those worried about home security monitor what is happening when they’re away by logging on via their smartphone 

The devices, known as IP (internet protocol) cameras, let those worried about home security monitor what is happening when they’re away by logging on via their smartphone 

The devices, known as IP (internet protocol) cameras, let those worried about home security monitor what is happening when they’re away by logging on via their smartphone 

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Gurjit Singh is Microsoft Certified IT Professional. He likes to write about Computer Network, WordPress, Blogging Tips, SEO, Make Money Online, Computer Tips and Creating Tech Tutorials.
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