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Child smartwatches ‘vulnerable to hacks'A watchdog finds that hackers can track, eavesdrop or even communicate with children.
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I don't have any kids here anymore but after reading that article? I sure wouldn't want anything to do with those. Good post! Best to keep track of things like this!

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Rooster 1 month ago

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Right and keep track of your kid by watching and protecting them instead of letting them run wild then wondering what happened. Parents need to get better at their job.

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LorraineTwevlehundredRaineTwelvehundred 14 days ago

Reviews on Amazon for this product say it sucks - wasn't designed to work in the USA for some reason.

Yeah, ya gotta wonder if maybe we're a little too deep in technology.

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Budwick 1 month ago

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We were much too deep into it a very long time ago. When our local McDonald's card reader went down, they had to turn people away who didn't have the cash to pay for their orders - in today's world, that'd include most people. Instead of whipping out a pad of paper and pen to write the order(s), they lost out on several hundreds in sales. When banks go down, they go down in a big way... no non-electronic alternative. Imagine the threat of a large level EMP going off in cities around the country - again no non-electric backup. For the sake of speed and profit, we've boxed ourselves into a potentially-bigger mess.

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PartyOfOne 1 month ago

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Totally correct! When the register fails to show change to be received - the cashier 9 times out of 10 is dead in the water - can not make change.

The EMP thing scares the shit out me. In that event there will be chaos beyond imagination, extraordinary death toll - a true life changing event.

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Budwick 28 days ago

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Right that is why i keep some cash hidden in my car and house , enough to get me thrugh a short emergency.

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LorraineTwevlehundredRaineTwelvehundred 14 days ago

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Very perceptive - I think that's a smart move as long as the cash doesn't get taken along with the car :)

Nice to see you again, Lorraine.

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PartyOfOne 14 days ago

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Well thank you PO1, Had no internet for a week big windstorms here blew all the wires ad trees down I have to go get money out of my car right now just got back from the bank, I only leave some in the car hidden under bunches of junk. Nobody could find it. Same in the house, being a packrat has some benefits (biggrin)(biggrin)

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LorraineTwevlehundredRaineTwelvehundred 13 days ago

In response to “Well thank you PO1, Had no internet for a...

We've been getting strong-ish winds over the last couple weeks (upstate NY) but no known local devastation, thankfully.

That's kind of a crafty idea with the "hidden in plain sight" money thing, lol - I never would have thought of that but it actually seems ingenious :D

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PartyOfOne 13 days ago

Good article.

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Masha 1 month ago

Yes technology is amazing and at same time is I wonder necessary this is classic example I mean a smart watch that people could use to track eavesdrop and even communicate with children that is very frightening to me the implications are too much to even contemplate

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Metal_god14 1 month ago

No technology no matter how “secure” companies claim it is is ever safe of hacking

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sh9683 1 month ago

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Why did you send me that troll video? Haha.

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sh9683 1 month ago

In response to “Why did you send me that troll video? Haha.

I thought it was funny.

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Maze 29 days ago

Oh I sure wouldn't purchase one of those for my kids.

I am very blessed that my kids fully understand the dangers of things like that and the internet.

Thank ya for sharing the article.

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Lil_Princess 1 month ago

Nice article, although I dont see anything new, the same risks exist for any smart device. At this modern age we're pretty much used to the convenience of all the smart devices we use.

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Sunny_the_skeptic 1 month ago

Why The heck do kids need a smart watch anyway?Security is never likely to be absolutely foolproof with these devices.Clever people can find a way into anything.No matter how much you educate your kids you can never be sure they are completely safe.

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Blewynanifail 1 month ago

It's a bad idea but why do kids need watches anyway?

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Sukiesnow 1 month ago

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Especially these days when the time is everywhere, computers, phones etc. Everything has a clock on it. Who needs a watch?

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Tiffanee 1 month ago

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Exactly I haven't worn a watch in years not sure I can remember what a wrist watch looks like 😉

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Metal_god14 28 days ago

In response to “It's a bad idea but why do kids need watches...

That's what i said.

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SynysterGates 1 month ago

In response to “That's what i said.

I thought it first. (smirk2)

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Sukiesnow 1 month ago

In response to “I thought it first. (Smirk2)

You did. (biggrin)

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SynysterGates 29 days ago

In response to “It's a bad idea but why do kids need watches...

I see nothing. Wrong with a plain watch. Teach em how to tell time. A rare thing nowadays

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sh9683 1 month ago

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Yes...there is nothing wrong with a plain watch...unless you are mud wrestling or playing any of the other games that kids play...like jumping from the hay mow or tree climbing. Then it can be superfluous.

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Sukiesnow 1 month ago

Technology is making our lives more dangerous..they can unlock your car, your home and track your children and access your bank accounts...it's freaky...and scary

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JD 1 month ago

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Very definitely nefarious business practices - they should be shutdown.

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PartyOfOne 1 month ago

I remember an article put out about a doll little girls could "talk to" to share thoughts about whatever girls talk about which could be used to mine personal information coming out of the conversation; I didn't keep the web address or I'd be more specific. Anyway, that too was a potential threat that was on store shelves.

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PartyOfOne 1 month ago

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I saw that. That is totally crossing the line I think.

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OzSurfer 13 days ago

Most new technology comes with good and bad .

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Will_Janitor 1 month ago

What happened to old school. It's getting dark, you go home, don't need a watch or tracking device on your kid.

Great article, thanks for sharing.

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SynysterGates 1 month ago

The biggest problem I see with it is that it’s a huge distraction attached to to the wrist of a small child who needs to be focusing and learning about what’s going on around them. Kids need to learn about technology but not like this.

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OzSurfer 1 month ago

I can understand the appeal of such devices, and the resistance too. I don't have kids and I don't like the idea of wearing a phone, but if did, and I gave my kids something like that, I'd get a standard phone watch, not one intended specifically for kids. That way I wouldn't be painting a target on them, because it would just show up as a phone, not a kid's device. Then I'd make sure it's running good security software. Most watch phones run Android, so finding good security software shouldn't be difficult. As a bonus, a basic watch phone is about $35, which is a lot less than the devices in the story.

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Maze 1 month ago

As a professional hacker/cracker, I can tell you guys this.

I don't own a watch. My own cell phone is the cheapest model Nokia one can buy. I used to have an Android, but deemed it to be too dangerous to own. Hell, I wouldn't even use this computer, unless it was a necessity in my current situation - Windows sucks ****.

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ZonkeyBalls 1 month ago

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What do you think of Blackberry 10 in terms of security?

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Maze 29 days ago

In response to “What do you think of Blackberry 10 in terms...

It's not bad, actually.

I wouldn't want one, but, it's not bad.

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ZonkeyBalls 29 days ago

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lol You and everyone else.

I have a Z10 as my phone, encrypted, with no downloaded apps and no app permissions given. It does everything I need it to, like make calls, set appointments, take pictures and videos, listen to music etc. But I made a conscious decision not to use a phone for entertainment, it's just a phone. Having a BB helps ensure I stick to that.

I assume it's not an OS a lot of hackers bother working on, since the payoff would be tiny compared to Android or iOS.

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Maze 29 days ago

It is not new that latest technologies have their flaws or vulnerabilities, but in this case, the safety of children is involved:

https://www.fastcompany.com/404...ng-on-your-kid

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Marianne 1 month ago

Technology has made us all vulnerable. Keeping a child safe? Teach them how to be safe.
Phones, watches, ipads....those may be things children want, but...they are, in my mind burdens.

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Carla 29 days ago

True, but how is this different than any other smart device? All tech is hackable. ALL TECH!

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Zolfie 29 days ago

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Any reason why you are spamming my question?

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TheCensoredBrit 17 days ago

sorry, that was an accident!

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msith718 17 days ago

Sometimes my palm hits my touch pad on my laptop and it clicks the cursor down.I thought i was in Notepad but the cursor must have clicked down on the textbox here and i didnt notice. so when i hit enter, it entred on this site instead of what I was doing in notepad.

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msith718 17 days ago

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No worries man :)

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TheCensoredBrit 17 days ago

That must be expensive the big reason NOT to give it to a kid. Better to instal a phone finding divice in the kids clothing where they can't even find it, but you can then search for them and get directions to where they are exactly.

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LorraineTwevlehundredRaineTwelvehundred 14 days ago

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