Hackable is terrifying. All your fears over being hacked, impersonated, having all your passwords stolen, your wifi compromised, all of it. In every edition. Some episodes are subjects you might expect, how to hack someones password, how your wifi can be accessed, but it's the things you don't know about. It’s practically impossible to find a new car that doesn’t come with a key fob. But I had no idea how easy it is for these to be compromised. Smart speakers like the Amazon Alexa and Google Home are now commonplace in homes, but I never thought about how a hacker could somehow control it without you knowing. But definitely the creepiest episode was the December edition on toys. Talking toys have gotten smarter over the years but what if hackers can access them? Yes, someone can hack your teddy bear. I'm too unnerved to listen to the episode about the carwash.
Where Hackable rises above the competition though is in its captivating storytelling combined with some really high quality sound production. The show is presented by well known Canadian TV presenter Geoff Siskind alongside cybersecurity expert Bruce Snell. Don't worry it's not tech, you don't need any prior knowledge. In fact the show takes hacks you may have heard about from various bits of pop culture and puts them to the test in the real world to see if the fact matches the fiction.
One more thing - Hackable is a branded podcast. So theres a motive in here to persuade you to go and buy some sort of protection from McAfee, but its so light touch that it in no way takes anything away from the programme. If only all branded podcasts were like this, and it does make you wonder why there aren't similar sucess stories. So check out Hackable, it probably already knows you are about to search for it, a podcast from Pacific Content.