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8 Most Hackable Holiday Gifts, 2016 Edition

You better watch out! Otherwise, you may be giving the gift of malware or unauthorized access to networks and devices.
Like Lambs Before Lions
Video Gear And The Internet Of Things
That's Not The Kind of Card Swiping We Meant
#Fa-la-la-la-FAIL
Wearing Your Vulnerability
Airborne Risk
Locking Down Smartphones, Tablets
Your Thermostat's Coming For You
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Here we are with the end-of-year holidays upon us, and so much pressure to give, give, give. But before you go and click your way across Amazon or BestBuy.com, think for just a minute: Would Oprah give away cars without locks or airbags? No, she would not and neither should you, especially if you're planning to buy technology for everyone on your list.

And that's where things can start to get a little fraught. Of course we all want to give a cool, useful, desired, connected gift, without exposing the recipient to malware, default passcode vulnerabilities or worse. Regardless of your creed or traditions, ransomware makes a crap gift.

So we've put together this helpful list to help you avoid the common pitfalls with technology gifts or holiday staples that find themselves networked with IP addresses and wireless connectivity.

What items did we miss on our list? Be one of Santa's virtual helpers and tell us in the comments. In the meantime, shop til you drop and save those receipts.

 
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