One of the hottest gifts out this year are digital assistants such as the Amazon Echo, this might be helpful however they are one of the most hackable gifts, according to McAfee. With just a few minutes of hands-on time, a hacker could turn an Echo into a personal eavesdropping microphone without leaving any physical trace. Connected toys are also a huge security risk this year, some toys are equipped with GPS chips as well as microphones and cameras which can all be hijacked by a hacker.
There are a few steps you can take to protect yourself, such as: change default passwords, research before you buy, and secure your home’s internet at the source. They also recommend reading the privacy policies provided by manufacturers, so you know exactly what information your device is collecting.