There's no denying that the Internet of Things is a hot market and that consumers who are buying these Wi-Fi-enabled devices — from smart appliances, lightbulbs and thermostats to home security systems and smart TVs — are enjoying the conveniences they offer. Yet these products put us at greater risk to hackers than we realize.
But is it all worth it?
"Hackers are no longer solely focused on PCs and the encryption of files," said Norman Guadagno, chief evangelist at data protection company Carbonite. "They are now targeting new platforms, like IoT-connected devices that serve as entry points, to obtain valuable information."
Guadagno said that what hackers want is to turn your gadget into a software agent, or "bot," that can access your username and password. Since many people often use the same passwords and usernames for everything, hackers who lift those things from you gain the keys to the kingdom, sometimes literally.
Here is a look at 12 of the most surprising items hackers are zeroing in on right now.