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Hackers target kids' smart toys to get personal information

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The FBI warns that toys connected to the internet could be a target for crooks seeking information.

27 News talked to UW System's Chief Information Security Officer Nicholas Davis about what you can do to migrate around the risk.

Here are a few of his tips:

1) Buy from a reputable manufacturer
2) Read the license agreement before turning on the toy
3) If you ever have any concerns, take out the batteries or unplug it.

When asked about his third tip, Davis says in order to keep using the device, keep it online for regular use and then only turn it offline during sensitive situations or if you want to be 100% sure your privacy is secured.

He also suggests having the device only in public areas of your home.  He says, "You don't want to have it in their [the kids'] bedrooms where they change for bed and you don't want to have it in the bathroom where they take showers."

He also says it's a good idea to use the device with your child so that you are always aware of what's going on with the device.

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