Vivofit Jr. 2
The Vivofit Jr. 2 is an activity tracker designed for kids that can track steps, movement, sleep, and chores. The tracker connects to an app via Bluetooth which allows parents to monitor their child's progress. It can be purchased for $69.99 and comes in a variety of colors and styles.
Has there ever been a breach or data leak?
Date of last breach
A Russian hacking group known as Evil Corp encrypted much of Garmin's user data in a ransomware attack, and demanded $10 million to retrieve it. Many of Garmin's services were down during this time; however, it is not clear if any information was stolen in this attack or if it was merely locked in order to bargain for a ransom.
Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?
Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?
Does it have parental controls?
Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?
Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?
Does it require you to create a strong password?
Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?
How Can It Snoop?
Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?
Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?
Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?
Does it require an email address to use?
Does it require a phone number to use?
Does it require an address (home or office) to use?
Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?
Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?
Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?
Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?
What Could Go Wrong?
Given Garmin does not use your personal data unless explicitly given consent, there is not much risk in using this product. However, it is still possible if someone hacked into the device, they would have the activity and sleep information of a child. Be aware of this risk before purchasing this product.
How Does It Share Your Data?
Garmin can use de-identified data for analytics and product improvement, but only with your consent. This means Garmin can strip your data of personal information and pool it with other user data for analysis.
- Easy to use.
- Large variety of appearances.
- Limited fitness-tracking abilities.
- Limited health impact.
Garmin was recently the target of a ransomware attack which locked all user information until a ransom was paid. While it does not appear any information was stolen in this attack, it proves that Garmin may not be the most secure company to have copies of yours or your child's personal information. Use this product with extreme caution.