For some years, the use of security cameras for homes has spread and popularized thanks to its increasingly cheaper prices and ease of installation.
The uses and advantages of home security cameras are well known. However, these can be a good opportunity for hackers to make their own. Especially if you have not taken the necessary measures to protect your devices. Here we give you some useful tips to minimize the risk of hacking.
Cybersecurity and the internet of things
The advancement of the internet of things is transforming the world. More and more objects of daily use in our day to day are being endowed with intelligent functions and integrated into a vast network of information.
This is a major security challenge for software and hardware developers for connected objects. IoT is a relatively new field that still lacks the necessary infrastructure and protocols to guarantee security. And is that the consequences of a security failure in connected devices can be important because these objects physically interact directly with our environment.
Alarms and security camera, in particular, can be an easy goal if we do not take the proper precautions.
How is it possible to hack security cameras?
Did you know that there is a website where you can watch video sequences of more than 72 thousand ip security cameras? Allowing us to see images inside other people’s houses, this site tries to show us the risk to which the cameras are vulnerable if they are not properly configured.
This and other similar sites use the default password installed by the manufacturer of each camera and that many users forget to change or are not aware of this risk. Anyone, with a simple google search, could gain access to the images inside your home and your loved ones. Ironically, by trying to protect you, you would be achieving just the opposite.
With more advanced techniques, someone could hack security cameras even with a password although it is a very unlikely option.
Practical measures to protect security cameras
Change the default password and update it regularly:
As we have seen, not changing the password by default is the most common error and also the easiest to avoid.
During the installation of p2p security cameras, we are normally asked to create an account where we can choose a username and password. This step can be skipped in some cases but try to do it immediately.
Also, try to choose a robust password that is a combination of letters, numbers and special characters and that is not something as obvious as your names or birth dates. It also avoids the most used passwords in the world.
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Do not forget to protect your Wi-Fi network with a strong password:
Even if your camera is protected with a password for Internet access, it is possible that local access is allowed without the password. If your cameras are connected by wifi, a person near your house could have wireless access to the same local network.
Therefore, as in the previous point, we must make sure to configure a strong password for our network that is not easy to guess.
Buy only cameras from reliable manufacturers:
The installation of p2p cameras avoids many inconveniences of installation. However, the presence of an intermediary server that is responsible for the configuration represents a risk especially if the servers are hacked. Be sure to buy security cameras manufactured by recognized companies.
Protect your Wi-Fi network with WPA2:
All routers manufactured after 2006 comply with the WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) standard and are often enabled by default. This security protocol guarantees that all data transmitted within the Wi-Fi network is encrypted.
Although a spy can see the data traffic in the network, it will be impossible for you to understand the encrypted information. Make sure that this option is enabled in your Wi-Fi network.
Update the firmware of the camera:
Most modern cameras allow a firmware update. The firmware is the software of the camera installed in its internal memory that is responsible for the control at the hardware level. When some kind of vulnerability is found in the firmware, the manufacturer will make available an update which can be installed through the access interface to your camera. We recommend you to keep abreast of the latest updates announced by the manufacturer of the camera.
It can be very frustrating that the devices to protect your home are causing the opposite effect. However, if you take into account the simple measures we have mentioned, you can eliminate most hacker threats and it will be very unlikely that anyone can hack your camera or device connected to Wi-Fi.