The government probably shouldn't have limited the scope of this warning to just baby monitors. After all, any device with network connectivity should have much more security than these devices usually have. I know that security is hard, but that's not an excuse for manufacturers to not try.
Also, given the nature of network security, having secure technology isn't enough. One also needs to apply reasonably cautious practices to how these devices are used. Unfortunately, people seem to think "it's not a computer, so there are no viruses." It's about time that people start realizing this isn't true. Your thermostats, washers/driers, refrigerators, and other devices that are connected to the internet (for whatever reason) need to be secured. If you can't keep them secured, disconnect them. This is especially true for devices that have built-in microphones and/or cameras.
We need decent passwords, built-in firewalls, more than just one or two security updates, and a whole lot of encryption to keep big brother out. But most of all, we need our devices to not come bundled with mass quantities of malware. The last thing I need is to spend an absurd amount of money on something that will systematically report my doings to home base, who of course will never tell who they are sharing that data with (cough cough NSA cough).
My assumption is that users with internet-connected baby monitors can watch their babies on their smart phones, as opposed to getting off their lazy butts. Uh... I mean it's "advanced technology", and therefore a "good idea.":rolleyes: Because everything's "better" when it connects to the internet. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm tired of turning my door knob, so I'll be plugging my bedroom door into the internet.:bigsmile: