Smart Homes are Convienient But May be Vulnerable to Hack - Ins

Homes that are computerized make it easier for thieves to get personal information.
1:49 | 08/01/13

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Help protect your eye health. Next tonight, some smart new advise about home safety and all the technology making everything easier from your appliances to your garage door. Abc's neal karlinsky shows us how thieves can now open up your house from hundreds of miles away. Reporter: In promotional videos online, and we found plenty, so called smart homes look amazing. Lights, shades, thermostats, even toilets, all controlled remotely with the touch of a smart phone. Sounds great, right? It was a thrill and a chill at the same time. Reporter: Thomas hatley, who has a connected home in oregon, says a reporter in new york hacked into his home and took control as part of an experiment to expose its vulnerabilities. She said, okay, I'm gonna turn them off and they went off. I mean, even before she finished speaking. And then she turned them back on. Security experts worry the home break in is evolving, now, it's the home "hack in." A security consultant showed us that with just a few clicks, it's possible to access a person's home, even baby monitors and cameras. Pretty scary. You don't have to have any physical proximity to the individual, you can be all the way on the other side of the world if you wanted to. Reporter: There is the low tech garage door opener as well. Thieves have been hacking into those for years. We've seen the hackers go after a series of different platforms. I definitely think that the next wave could be our homes. Reporter: Our experts say that making sure new systems are password protected and not connected to the internet without a fire wall is critical. Neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle.

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