With the increasing benefits of using wi-fi and smart technologies, there are also increasing security risks. Many do not realize how the smart devices – essentially any item that is connected to the internet, especially those that “talk” to each other, such as Echo Dots, Fitbits, smart refrigerators, smart thermostats, baby monitors, etc. – puts their security at risk.
Ironically the items that you purchase to protect you, such as security cameras, can also be used to gain illegal access.
In this post, the best CCTV Camera suppliers in Chennai (Micron Systems) will tell you specifically about why and how someone would hack a security camera system and what measures you can take to protect yourself.
How are Security Cameras Hacked?
- Step One is finding the device and gaining access to it. Accessing the device does not automatically grant the hacker access into the network. It just gives access to what is contained on that individual camera or device. However, the hacker may only find an email address and/or a password used to access the camera.
- Step Two of a hacking attack is to use the information that was gathered from accessing the camera to gain further information and access.
The hacker may use the email address to begin a phishing attack or send them an email with malware, which could then give them access to that individual’s computer if opened.
If the hacker’s email is successful, then they could gain access and control of the deeper levels of data contained on the computer and the network it is connected to.
The hacker may be able to access all files on the computer, see all keystrokes (and therefore determine other passwords), and also access sensitive information.
- Step Three of a hacking attack involves entering directly into the network through the device if it is connected to the network. While many smart devices shouldn’t be granted access directly through a firewall and into the network, security cameras that offer the user the ability to connect remotely to view live footage require a pathway into the network to gain remote access.
If proper measures are not used to secure the pathway opened up through the remote access, a hacker could find a way into the user’s network.
If the only thing guarding the pathway is a password, then access can be easily granted to gain access to other devices and information within the network.
How To Prevent Your Cameras from Being Hacked?
Tip 1: Use strong passwords
It is an obvious solution, but you may be shocked if you knew how frequently people (and businesses) set up security camera systems and don’t change the default username and password.
Be sure to use a strong password. Experts say that it’s best to create passwords that combine letters (both upper and lower cases), numbers and symbols. The more complex, the better. A strong password is your foremost defence against hackers.
Tip 2: Secure your home wireless network
Securing your WiFi network is another evident strategy for protecting your WiFi-connected home security camera and other devices against hackers. This includes using WPA2 encryption, giving your home router a stronger password, updating the default SSID name, and turning off guest networking and sharing.
It is recommended to consider placing the security cameras on a network of their own. Isolating the cameras to a single network means that if the cameras are compromised, the hacker won’t be able to gain access to any of the other devices.
You can take it one step further by using a (VPN) to further regulate which devices will be able to access the network.
Installing a firewall between your Internet connection and all of your devices is the best way to protect yourself. This may require the help of a professional.
Tip 3: Regularly update your security camera’s firmware
Manufacturers of security cameras periodically update their firmware to fix bugs and enhance product performance. Sometimes these bug fixes solve security flaws and issues, so make sure you are always using the latest update.
Tip 4: Turn off remote online monitoring
Most of the WiFi-connected security cameras support remote viewing, which allows you to monitor your home through an app or website when you are away.
But the app and website access can expose you to hackers if your passwords aren’t strong. If you’re worried, then consider turning off remote monitoring when you aren’t using it.
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