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Can a smart fridge get hacked?

Reviewed By: Kevin Pocock

Last Updated on April 25, 2023
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Smart fridges are all the rage, but their internet connectivity might have you wondering: can a smart fridge get hacked?

The answer, sadly, is yes. Just as any other computer in your home connected to the internet can be, from security cameras to smart vacuums. That’s why it’s important to never connect your devices to public Wi-Fi networks. You should take measures like isolating home appliances on Wi-Fi not connected to more data-heavy devices like phones or laptops. This will prevent any viruses being transmitted.

However, this is pretty rare. The risk of a fridge being hacked is far less likely than a phone or computer. If you take precautions and buy a decent smart fridge from a trusted manufacturer, it’s unlikely to be hacked. Read on to find out more about this.

Are smart fridges hackable?

The brands which manufacture smart fridges usually have safety measures which prevent harm arising from hacked appliances. Furthermore, fridges are not really obvious targets for hackers. The instances of hacked smart fridges are very rare. Far less hackings are reported than for phones, PCs or smart security systems.

However, that’s not to say there’s no risk at all. There are some instances of hackers infecting smart fridge software with nasty viruses which could cause all manner of problems, especially when the fridge is used as a ‘weak spot’ to ‘hop‘ onto other devices on the same Wi-Fi network.

PC Guide Expert Opinion

Overall, the possibility of a compromised smart fridge is pretty unlikely, but it isn’t impossible. If this is something which might be a concern for you, perhaps it’s best to steer clear – there are plenty of brilliant fridges on the market without internet connectivity.

Alternatively, you could just disconnect a smart fridge from any Wi-Fi networks. You’ll still be able to use the cutting-edge cooling technology, ice makers and other brilliant features, but without any of the stress over possible hackers!

Whatever you choose, make sure you do your research and weigh up the pros and cons. Remember, all devices which connect to the internet have the potential to be hacked, so it’s important to practise internet security at all times.

As a tech and AI writer for PC Guide, Gloria is interested in what new technology means for the future of consumer electronics and digital and broadcast journalism.

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