Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera
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 Research

How 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
Yes

Reading level for privacy policy

College

Shares your information with 3rd parties for unexpected reasons
No
Nearly every company collects some kind of information on its users. That’s how the internet works. It’s how they use and care for this information that matters. You should know whether a company shares or sells your personal information to others and for what reasons. For the purpose of this report Mozilla determined that if according to a company’s privacy policy, it appeared to share data with third parties that could then use that information to market or advertise to customers, then we labeled it as “Shares information with third parties for unexpected reasons.” This does not mean your information is definitely used for these purposes. Simply that the policy leaves the possibility open your information could be used in this way.

Can I control it

If a password is required, you must change the default password
Not required
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
Yes
Deletes data it stores on you
Yes
Has parental controls
Can't determine

Company shows it cares about its customers

Company manages security vulnerabilities
Yes
The company runs a bug bounty program with Google.
Company makes it easy to contact customer support
Phone Number (855) 469-6378
Live Chat Yes
Email Yes
Twitter Yes

😮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.

Updates

Nest Cams Hijacked
Wired
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
Washington Post
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.

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