The WyzeCam is an affordable camera that has HD, night vision, motion detecting, time-lapse, and continuous recording functionality. It can be used as a baby camera, a security camera, and much more, and can work with Alexa and Google Assistant. It can be purchased for only $19.99.
Has there ever been a breach or data leak?
Date of last breach
Wyze Labs suffered a data breach in December of 2019 which exposed a database containing email addresses of its users and a list of cameras in customers' home and tokens used to connect to smartphones and personal assistants. The breach affected 2.4 million customers worldwide, but Wyze Labs confirmed that passwords and financial information were not included in the leak.
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?
The WyzeCam is pretty secure. However, with any connected camera, you should always be a little wary of someone hacking into it at any time. The larger concern is that if you use Alexa or Google Assistant with the camera, any data could be transmitted to those companies. As long as you avoid integrating WyzeCam with other smart home devices, your data should be secure.
How Does It Share Your Data?
Wyze only shares your data with third parties if you give them your consent.
- Very affordable.
- High quality video.
- Motion and sound triggered recordings.
- Video captured at 10fps.
- Doesn't integrate well with other smart home devices.
Wyze Labs seems to do a decent job protecting your information as long as a personal assistant such as Google Assistant or Alexa is not connected. However, it suffered a significant data breach in December of 2019 which exposed some information of 2.4 million users. Your information should be safe, but be aware of this before purchasing this product.