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3 Security-minded baby monitors

With the growing tide of technological upgrades for the nursery, security and privacy concerns are emerging. In recent years, there have been numerous accounts of creepy people gaining access to poorly-secured video monitor feeds, watching other people’s babies and even talking to them.  Poor security features and poor user instructions for these devices are to blame. In many cases, unauthorized access to the monitors is just a web-browser click away.  With hundreds of models on the market, finding a trustworthy one can be a challenge.

Modern baby monitors are complex devices with cameras, radios, and sensors that enable video and audio surveillance of a space inside your home, and make this stream of personal data accessible over the internet. At each stage of the process, multiple factors can lead to a security and privacy compromise, giving unauthorized users access to your video and audio stream, account details and even financial information. No device connected to the internet can be completely secured, but manufacturers can provide features and comply with standards that make their devices more protected.  Features like biometric authentication, encryption, and access administration can provide needed protection. And if and when a vulnerability is discovered in the product, automatic firmware updates will ensure that it gets patched as soon as the manufacturer releases updated firmware.

Today we are rounding up 3 baby monitors that take security seriously. Want to learn more about securing your baby monitor? Read our guide here.

Netgear Arlo Baby

Netgear brings its expertise in network and security equipment to its feature-packed Arlo Baby monitor. Besides covering the basics of video monitoring, Arlo Baby also monitors air temperature, humidity and quality, can serve as a music player and a nightlight, and can even be fitted with several “character” kits to make it look less like a surveillance device.  On the security front, Arlo Baby provides several layers of access security to the app and the cloud storage including password, encryption and support for biometric authentication.

Features

  • Wi-Fi dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz AC630
  • 1080p HD video with night vision and zoom
  • 2-way talk/listen
  • Configurable nightlight
  • 110°-130° adjustable field of view
  • Temperature, humidity, and air quality sensors and alerts
  • Motion, sound, and schedule-triggered recording
  • Play music/lullabies from custom playlist
  • Set up and control multiple cameras
  • Sharing access with family/friends
  • Share recordings and images on social media
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Cloud streaming/recording – rolling 7 days – free
  • Cloud recording – rolling 30 or 60 days – premium plans
  • Compatible with Apple HomeKit, IFTTT, SmartThings and Stringify

Security

  • Username and password account protection on mobile and cloud app
  • TouchID – compatible
  • Disable/enable auto-login on the mobile device
  • SSL and TLS encryption for connecting to cloud service
  • Encrypted live streaming and stored recordings
  • Configurable motion detection zones
  • Manage shared users’ access privileges
  • Automatic firmware updates


Nokia Home

Nokia Home may not have as many baby monitoring features as Arlo, but it offers something few baby monitors do – a hard-wired Ethernet cable connection. Not having to rely on Wi-Fi can eliminate some of the security risks inherent in using wireless communication. However, this may not be convenient for many nurseries without a wired network connection.

Features

  • Wi-Fi 2.4GHz b/g/n, Ethernet,
  • 1080p HD video with night vision and zoom
  • 135° field of view
  • 2-way talk/listen with echo cancellation and noise reduction
  • Air quality VOC sensor
  • Night light and lullaby function
  • Motion, sound and air quality detection and alerts
  • Set up and control multiple cameras
  • Cloud streaming/recording – rolling 48hr – free
  • Cloud streaming/recording – rolling 7 or 30 days – premium plans
  • Compatible with IFTTT, Apple Watch

Security

  • Change name of the device
  • Username and password account protection on mobile and cloud app
  • SSL encrypted communication with Nokia Health cloud service
  • TouchID compatible access for mobile app
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth disabled when connected to Ethernet
  • Live streaming can be disabled via the app
  • Automatic firmware updates


 

Motorola MBP854 CONNECT

Motorola’s MBP854 CONNECT takes a more traditional approach to baby monitoring with paired camera and “parent” units included in the kit. Still, it also allows connection to the internet to enable viewing on mobile devices and cloud recording. Using this system without connecting it to the internet can prevent any risks associated with an always-on connection, but at the cost of foregoing (optional) cloud recording and mobile device viewing. Another unique feature (in this roundup) is the ability to pan and tilt the camera remotely, which can be useful for larger rooms.

Features

  • 2.4GHz radio connectivity between camera and monitor
  • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connectivity for cloud recording and mobile device viewing b/g/n
  • Included “parent” unit with 4.3″ display
  • 720p HD video with night vision
  • Pan, Tilt and Zoom controls
  • 2-way talk/listen
  • Sound and motion detection
  • Preset lullaby playlist
  • Temperature monitor
  • Alarm (parent unit)
  • Add-a-camera
  • Local recording to SD card
  • Cloud streaming – free
  • Cloud recording – premium plan

Security

  • Username and password account protection on mobile and cloud app
  • Supports WPA and WPA2 encryption to the Wi-Fi router
  • Encrypted online recording/storage/streaming with a Hubble service plan
  • Encrypted app login data transmission
  • Automatic firmware updates


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