Are your smart accessories too smart for you?

Hackers find ways into smart technology

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - So much of what we own is "smart".

Smart phones, smart watches, in some cases even smart clothing all intended to make our lives easier and more convenient.

WBTV Cyber Expert, and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, Theresa Payton has a quick reminder before you put on that smart accessory.

"Researchers have shown that a smartwatch's motion sensors can be used to detect what keys you're pressing which can help others guess the words you're typing," Payton explained.

She says it is possible cybercriminals could create a fake app, such as a world clock or screen saver, and use that to track what you type or to listen to you.   Below, Payton explains how one particular research project worked and the one step you can take to protect yourself:

How did they do it?

The project was called Motion Leaks (MoLe)

They created a fake app that  used an accelerometer and gyroscope to track the keystrokes as a wearer types on a keyboard.

They collected the data and ran it through a   "Keystroke Detection" program

What can you do?

Just assume all smart devices can be "monitoring" devices - keep them away from confidential conversations and private areas of your house

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