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Smarter may not be safer when it comes to smart outlets

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Joe Richards
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Smart devices are on the rise, with everything from refrigerators to doorbells being designed to smartly sync and make life easier.

Smart outlets are one of these new devices that are becoming increasingly popular.

They allow users to program the plugs to power on things like lights and coffee makers or monitor the usage from a particular outlet.

However, upon an in-depth review of these smart outlets, BitDefender, a leading security product company, discovered that they can leave users vulnerable to hackers.

These outlets feature hazards such as weak default passwords and poor or little encryption, and can even be susceptible to malware.

Hackers can use them to access users devices or access their home network, in some cases reaching their email and personal information.

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