Perhaps you know a parent that uses Child GPS tracking with intentions of keeping their children safe. While it may seem like a safe idea to keep track of where your children are when you are not around, new advances in technology claim that there are dangers involved with child GPS trackers. Below is some important information about child GPS trackers that you might want to share with your friends and family.
Don Bailey, a senior security consultant at iSEC Partners has recently discovered a major flaw in the Zoombak Child GPS Tracker. He claims that the server that controls the GPS trackers connects over a GSM network, allowing for the network to easily be hacked. This can be dangerous for a number of reasons.
What makes this finding so alarming is that hacking can make it easier for dangerous people to locate where your children are when you’re not around. If you have sole custody of your children and you do not want your ex-partner to find out where your children are, GPS tracking can potentially provide them with this information. GPS hacking can also allow burglars to have an idea of whether or not you’re home. If burglars can hack the system and find out that you are not home, this can give them information that you do not want them to have access to.
Don claims “Embedded devices are low-cost, easy to use, and easy to debug. And the security landscape is very small. There is very little capability for integrating secure communications on the devices and ensuring that it’s your code executing on there.” In many cases low cost means low quality, resulting in a potentially dangerous situation for your child.
After reading this article you’re probably wondering how you can help protect your children without running the risk of potential GPS dangers. One way to ensure that your child GPS tracker is safe is to fully research it before you buy it. Ask the company which kind of network they run their servers off of and if they are secured, along with any other security questions you can think of. You can also look into other types of GPS tracking such as cell phone tracking, car tracking, etc.
No tracking device is 100% guaranteed to be hacker free, so keep that in mind when you are browsing for such devices. Remember to always do your homework before you provide your children with a potentially dangerous device in order to help achieve your overall goal of keeping them safe.