VTech KidiBuzz G2
The VTech KidiBuzz G2 is a Wi-Fi smart device that allows kids to send texts, voice messages, and images to approved contacts. It also comes with a variety of educational apps, and allows you to set time limits on apps and restrict certain websites. The device can be purchased for $79.99.
Has there ever been a breach or data leak?
Date of last breach
An attack on VTech's Learning Lodge and Kid Connect databases resulted in the data of approximately 6.4 million children being exposed, including names, genders, and birth dates. Data on parents was also stolen, such as names, mailing addresses, email addresses, secret questions and answers, IP addresses, and download histories.
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?
How Does It Share Your Data?
VTech may share your personal information with service providers, affiliates companies, or with third party advertisers.
- Great variety of included apps.
- Low price.
- Versatile hardware.
- Unclear if the device is encrypted or receives security updates.
VTech has taken steps to ensure that only approved adults or friends are able to communicate with the children these devices belong to. However, there is no information that suggests that the devices are encrypted or receive security updates, which creates a large potential for them to be hacked. VTech has already been the target of a major data breach in 2015, and it is likely this could happen again, given the company does not appear to have revised its practices. Use this device with extreme caution.