Slow-Cooker Hacks and the Internet of (Creepy) Things

by Sandy Todd Webster on Mar 16, 2017

Food for Thought

Awesome job getting your act together with a slow-cooker meal for tonight! But before you congratulate yourself too much, understand that turning on your evening meal from the office may have just opened the back door to a cyber security hack on your phone—and your life.

Last year, two researchers found that Belkin's WeMo home automation devices (one of them a slow cooker) had flaws that were allowing hackers to take control of the devices and then get into the user's smartphone (via a flawed app) to track movements, scrape data and steal photos from their victims. Belkin has long since fixed the liabilities, but with the proliferation of home automation devices—many intended for your kitchen—be sure to do your security due diligence when you purchase a new gadget.

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Sandy Todd Webster

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Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.