Nest $199 - $299
Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera
Cameras are everywhere these days. If you want to jump on the bandwagon and put security cameras up in your house, here’s one that alerts you when it detects motion or loud noises, says it can tell a person from a thing, and lets you talk back to them. Which is either handy when it comes to chasing away the bad guys, or tons of fun when it comes to scaring the pants off that buddy who’s looking after your cat.
Our ResearchHow to use this guide
Can it spy on me
Camera Device: Yes | App: Yes
Microphone Device: Yes | App: Yes
Location Tracking Device: No | App: Yes
What does it know about me
Product uses encryption
Shares your information with 3rd parties for unexpected reasons
Can I control it
If a password is required, you must change the default password
From the company: "Our devices do not rely on password-based authentication. Our online accounts do use password-based security, but do not rely on default passwords."
Automatic security updates
Deletes data it stores on you
Has parental controls
Company shows it cares about its customers
Company manages security vulnerabilities
The company runs a bug bounty program with Google.
😮What could happen if something went wrong
A bad person could access your indoor cameras and spy on you 24/7. That's really creepy.
Nest Cams Hijacked
Dozens of Nest camera owners this week heard a disembodied voice insist that they subscribe to PewDiePie's YouTube channel. On Sunday, a voice emanating from a Nest security camera told a family of three that North Korean missiles were en route to Ohio, Chicago, and Los Angeles. In December, a couple was startled out of bed when they heard sexual expletives coming from their baby's room over a monitor. Then they heard a hacker's voice on their Nest cameras, saying "I’m going to kidnap your baby, I’m in your baby’s room."
Family says hacked Nest camera warned them of North Korean missile attack
An Orinda, Calif. family is reeling after they say a hacker accessed their surveillance camera, falsely warning them of ballistic missiles from North Korea barreling toward the United States, the Mercury News reports.