Advertencia: *privacidad no incluida con este producto
Wyze makes an affordable smart scale that tracks all the same things more expensive smart scales track. It connects to the Wyze app through Bluetooth to sync your weight, BMI, heart rate, protein level, visceral fat, and more. As with the other scales we reviewed, the app works with Google Fit, Apple Health, and other popular fitness apps. And hey, it says it offers "unlimited sharing with friends and family" because, you know, it's super fun to share your weight and visceral fat with friends and family, right? Really people, there can be too much sharing!
¿Qué podría pasar si algo falla?
Oof, Wyze! What happened? You went from being a fairly OK, affordable smart home company to quite a questionable one in just a couple of years. Not good. In fact, we must warn you that some Wyze products -- particularly their security cams -- likely come with *Privacy Not Included.
Let's start with Wyze's last couple of very checkered years when it comes to security and protecting the sensitive personal information their security cams can collect through video and audio. First, in 2022, security researchers at publication Bitdefender "found three vulnerabilities that would have given attackers direct access to the cameras, including recordings stored on the SD card." Consumer Reporters followed with a report calling out Wyze for not fixing the security flaws in some Wyze Cams for three years and did not communicate with users promptly about this vulnerability.
That was in 2022, and then again in 2023, Wyze admitted to a security vulnerability that exposed the private video recordings from some of their user's cameras were exposed to people on the internet. The Verge reported that some Wyze users were able to see video of cameras not their own through the Wyze web portal. This resulted in the NY Times' Wirecutter to pull their recommendation of Wyze cams to their readers. USA Today also pulled their recommendation of Wyze security cameras. All this, on top of Wyze's massive data leak in 2019 that exposed the personal information of 2.4 million customers when they left a database unprotected for 22 days.
Wyze also says they can share de-identified or aggregated information with third parties, which is pretty common and not always a concern. Although it’s a good time to remind you that it’s been found to be pretty easy to re-identify some types of de-identified data and track down an individual’s patterns, especially with location data.
So, what's the worst that could happen? Well, the worst probably already has happened for those poor Wyze users whose cameras were exposed and open to strangers on the internet to spy inside their home without their knowledge. That is very bad. Unfortunately Wyze seems to have gone from an affordable smart home company without too many privacy and security issues, to one of the worst offenders on the market with recurring issues. Our recommendation is to beware that your Wyze smart devices could come with *privacy not included.
Consejos para protegerte
- 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
- Do not sign up with third-party accounts. Better just log in with email and strong password.
- Chose a strong password! You may use a password control tool like 1Password, KeePass etc
- Use your device privacy controls to limit access to your personal information via app (do not give access to your camera, microphone, images, location unless neccessary)
- Keep your app regularly updated
- Limit ad tracking via your device (eg on iPhone go to Privacy -> Advertising -> Limit ad tracking) and biggest ad networks (for Google, go to Google account and turn off ad personalization)
- Request your data be deleted once you stop using the app. Simply deleting an app from your device usually does not erase your personal data.
- When starting a sign-up, do not agree to tracking of your data if possible.
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¿Qué se puede usar para registrarse?
Cuenta de terceros
¿Qué datos recopila la empresa?
"Name, email address, postal address, phone number, photographs (such as for your profile picture). social media profile information, demographic information, your birth year, height, weight, gender, and personal fitness goals (for Wyze fitness devices). Approximate and in some cases precise location Data about the device and network you use, such as your hardware model, operating system version, mobile network, IP address, unique device identifiers, browser type, and app version. Information about your activity on Wyze Services, such as access times, pages viewed, links clicked, and the page you visited before navigating to our websites."
The Wyze Watch and Wyze Band have sensors that collect heart rate, speed and other distance and movement data, and the Wyze Scale sensors collect heart rate and weight measurements.
¿Cómo utiliza la empresa estos datos?
¿Cómo puedes controlar el uso de tus datos?
¿Qué historial tiene la compañía en cuanto a la protección de los datos de los usuarios?
In 2023, Wyze admited to a security vulnerability that exposed the private video recordings from some of their user's cameras were exposed to people on the internet. The Verge reported that some Wyze users were able to see video of cameras not their own through the Wyze web portal. This resulted in the NY Times' Wirecutter to pull their recommendation of Wyze cams to their readers. USA Today also pulled their recommendation of Wyze security cameras.
In 2022, cybersecurity publication Bitdefender reported that their security researchers " found three vulnerabilities that would have given attackers direct access to the cameras, including recordings stored on the SD card." Consumer Reporters followed with a report calling out Wyze for not fixing the security flaws in some Wyze Cams for three years and did not communicate with users promptly about this vulnerability.
In 2019, a massive data leak happened at Wyze, exposing information from 2.4M customers.
Información sobre privacidad infantil
¿El producto se puede usar sin conexión?
¿La información de privacidad es fácil de entender?
Enlaces a información de privacidad
¿El producto cumple nuestros estándares mínimos de seguridad?
Actualizaciones de seguridad
Gestiona las vulnerabilidades
You can submit security vulnerabilities to Wyze: https://wyze.com/security-report
Política de privacidad
Your Wyze webcam might have let other owners peek into your houseThe Verge
Why We’re Pulling Our Recommendation of Wyze Security CamerasWirecutter
Wyze Cam v4 on the way. But you shouldn’t patronize this company.Zatz Not Funny!
Wyze Cameras Just Had Another Big Security ProblemHow To Geek
Wyze security camera owners report seeing strangers' camera feedsMashable
Should you buy a Wyze camera? Our experts don’t recommend itReviewed
Wyze Didn't Completely Fix Flaws in Security Cameras for 3 YearsConsumer Reports
Wyze Cam Vulnerabilities Could Let Attackers Access the Live Feed, Research FindsBitdefender
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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