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It is possible that regulators such as the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may step in to stem the tide of vulnerable Io T devices, but until regulations are firmly in place, consumers are left in limbo.

The FTC issued a report last year urging Io T device makers to adopt a set of best practices to keep devices secure, but more must be done in the future to protect our connected homes.

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A swift, short search also shows cameras honing in on sleeping children, oblivious couples snuggled on the sofa and happy patrons at bars, unaware their faces are being broadcast to the Internet while they enjoy a cheeky pint.

As the gallery of snapshots shows below, every facet of our lives can be recorded for the viewing of the Internet at large. Shodan scours the Web for devices which use Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP port 554) which are left open without basic password protection -- or only the default password settings -- in place.

I also enjoy the fact I can 'check-in' to make sure everything is fine when i'm away.

There was something else I did straight out of the box, however: I changed the default passwords on every Io T device I operate at home.

Luckily for those with vulnerable webcams, Shodan trawls the web for open feeds but only takes a snapshot before moving on.

This is bad enough, however, to highlight how important security has become for the average consumer, whether they realise it or not. Home cameras come in useful, especially when they are used for security.

However, solving the problems this idea prompts cannot be done with a simple over-air patch. Consumers will often choose cheaper products that do the job over more expensive options, vendors wish to create the best profit margins possible, and a current lack of Io T security regulations set the trend.

In addition, consumers often expect vendors to provide secure products as a matter-of-course, and may not understand or care about ensuring complex passwords and barriers are in place before using their latest gadget.

But perhaps you should ask yourself: In a world where the Internet of Things is a fledgling industry and security is yet to catch up, do we really need a camera to enhance a baby monitor?

In order to protect our privacy, is it completely outside of the realm of possibility to take a step back and downgrade some of our technology to maintain our privacy at home?

Webcams, security systems and routers are only some of the devices which, once connected to the Web, can offer a glimpse into our lives behind locked doors should poor security turn the key.

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