CINCINNATI (WXIX) – Online shoppers looking to purchase technical items on this Amazon Prime Day should be careful about impulsive purchases of WiFi-connected items.
FOX19 NOW tech expert Dave Hatter says any smart device has the potential for privacy and security risks.
Hattar warns buyers to avoid buying cheap products from unknown brands.
“It’s not even the cheap stuff that Chinese companies simply stuff into the market. They are reputable companies, ”said Hatter.
Regardless of the brand name, Hatter warns against setting up a device properly.
“Do I know how to safely configure the device when I connect it? I know I need to install updates on it. Now the device is ideally set so that it automatically receives updates, patches, etc. from the original manufacturer. Is it? Who knows, ”said Hutmacher.
Hatter adds that customers should consider how long they will be using the smart device and how long the company will be updating the device.