Review date: Nov. 8, 2021
If you've got a few dollars burning a hole in your pocket and have always wanted an HD, night vision, motion detecting, time-lapse, continuous recording video camera with two-way audio, well, here you go. Wyze's affordable cameras have pretty much the same features as their more expensive counterparts. They even come with 14-days of free cloud storage and a slot for local recording on a microSD card, which is handy if you don't want to save things to the cloud where they might be less secure. Baby cam, pet cam, security cam, surveillance cam, game cam, cam cam--these cheap cams can be whatever cam you want. Going all Big Brother has never been cheaper.
What could happen if something goes wrong?
The biggest worry we have about Wyze’s affordable security cams is the huge data leak they suffered back in December, 2019 that exposed the personal information of 2.4 million customers when they left a database unprotected for 22 days. That is not good, not good at all. Fortunately, Wyze jumped on fixing their epic goof, which is what you want to see when something like this happens. And as far as we can tell, Wyze hasn’t had any major security vulnerabilities or data leaks since then.
All in all, these cameras seem ok for your indoor and outdoor spying needs. What’s the worst that could happen? Well, we suppose you could share your videos to the Cloud, rather than keeping them stored locally where they tend to be safer. Some major state sponsored cyber attack could happen and that state, say, Russia for example, could learn who you and your neighbors vote for and then target you with ads to try and change your vote. That would not be cool. Also, probably not likely. Still, not cool. Store those videos locally people!
Tips to protect yourself
- Review Wyze's recommendations to keep your account secure
- Check Wyze security & trust tips
- Be very careful who you chose to share your Wyze wellness data with.
- Don't connect your Wyze app to any social networks like Facebook.
- Enable two-factor identification
Can it snoop on me?
What can be used to sign up?
What data does the company collect?
Name, email, password, birth year, gender
How does the company use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?
In 2019, a massive leak happened at Wyze, exposing information from 2.4M customers. To Wyze’s credit, it has been very detailed in describing what happened, when, why, how, and what the company is doing about it.
Can this product be used offline?
User-friendly privacy information?
The privacy statement mentions audio data, but there's no explanation of what is being collected and what happens to it.
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
The live video feed and other communications are encrypted between the camera and the server.
You can submit security vulnerabilities to Wyze: https://wyze.com/security-report
Wyze camera data leak: How to secure your account right nowCNET
Wyze data leak: Key takeaways from server mistake that exposed information from 2.4M customersGeek Wire
Wyze Cam subscriptions: What you need to know about October 9 service changeGear Brain
Wyze and Guardzilla Security Cameras Have Security Risks, Consumer Reports FindsConsumer Reports
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