Why Are Security Cameras at Risk of Hacking?
You install security cameras to secure your premises. With security cameras, you get a third eye to keep a check on your property from anywhere you want. You don’t have to be physically present to know what happened and who was behind it. You can remotely check the videos and decide on the next step. But, the thing is that security cameras need security for themselves to secure your premises.
Did you understand the last statement? We will explain again but in a different way.
Security cameras are at risk of hacking. Yes, you read it right. Hackers find loopholes and are ready to hack security cameras for their benefit. They get a lot of information by hacking your security cameras.
How are security cameras at risk?
Hackers don’t hack security cameras. They find different ways to do that. And unfortunately, you give this option to the hackers and suffer the consequences.
To view the activities at your property from remote locations, you connect your security cameras to various devices like mobiles, PC, or laptops through the internet. Through this connection, you check the live as well as recorded footage of the security cameras. This is where the hackers attack indirectly.
Hackers reach the security cameras through the software you use on the connected devices. They check details and manipulate things in their favor. Sometimes, they divert the recording to their devices without you knowing about this. In other words, two or more people access the recordings of the security cameras.
Other than this, you allow hackers to hack your security cameras by using unlicensed pieces of equipment. You don’t follow the rules and regulations to install security cameras. Most importantly, you don’t use security software to protect your systems and cameras. Because of this easy and convenient access, the hackers guess the passwords and attack.
What should you do to prevent the hacking of your security cameras?
Buy cameras from a trusted source
We already said that poor equipment makes hacking easier for hackers. As security cameras are the primary device, you should buy them from a trusted source. It’s said that the efficiency of the cameras increases when they are manufactured by a reputable brand and bought from a trustworthy supplier.
Along with security cameras, other hardware components should be of high quality as cheap quality will make them vulnerable to hackers. Also, you should take care of the software design of the security cameras. The software design should be of high quality to prevent widespread vulnerabilities.
Opt for 2-factor authentication
Hacking becomes easier for hackers when they guess the passwords and find that there are roadblocks ahead. They just have to enter the password to access the software and get the important details.
To prevent unwanted access to computer and network devices, you should have unique and strong passwords for all the devices connected through the internet. We know it’s difficult because strong passwords are not easy to remember. And you very well know that using the wrong passwords several times can block your access.
You can get rid of this memory problem by using a reputable software-based password manager. This application keeps passwords secure and prevents them from being forgotten or lost. But still, you should change the passwords every three months to increase the security of your device and data.
Regarding the 2-factor authentication system, it’s the second line of defense that requires a separate device to allow login into the account. Whether you are logging into your connected devices or software to check the videos, the authentication link or code will go to another system as well. The login will happen only if the person receiving the link or code confirms. This is done to authenticate the identity of the user.
As an account gets logged in two steps, it’s known as a 2-factor authentication system. This system adds an extra layer of protection.
Use a secured Wi-Fi access
Whether it’s your home or office, you should use a secured Wi-Fi network to connect the security cameras. If the Wi-Fi network is secure, you will avoid the risk of being hacked.
For secured Wi-Fi access, you should get a connection from a reliable service provider. You should avoid local connections and opt for brand connections. Make sure the Wi-Fi connection you choose is used by others as well. You shouldn’t be a single user of that particular network provider.
Other than this, you should have quality Wi-Fi routers and internet modems and update them regularly. No matter what, you shouldn’t use old and outdated devices for Wi-Fi networks as they are vulnerable to hacking.
Check firmware and software updates
The firmware and software used by you to run the security cameras and check the videos captured by them should be updated. Though it’s the responsibility of the security camera vendor, you should keep your eyes on them as well.
In every situation, you should use the latest released firmware and software on your systems and for your security cameras. Also, you should update them regularly as it’s not a one-time process. Updating will prevent hackers from using critical vulnerabilities.
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