Nest $199 - $349
Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera
Russian dash cams changed the viral video world. Perhaps your front door cam can too. This weatherproof, always-on, HD video cam records everything, for better or worse. It has a built-in mic too, so you can talk back to the delivery guy or the neighborhood kid selling candy bars for school. View, share, and get alerts all from an app on your phone — gives a whole new meaning to the idea of “neighborhood watch.”
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
This company runs a bug bounty program with Google.
😮What could happen if something went wrong
It could be used to spy on you and keep tabs on you and your home.
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."