There is a direct correlation between the expanding use of wireless internet and the expanding number of potential security breaches.
Many people are unaware of the dangers posed by the internet of things (IoT), which refers to anything that can be connected to the internet and exchanges data with other internet-connected devices (especially those that “talk” to each other), such as Echo Dots, Fitbits, smart refrigerators, smart thermostats, baby monitors, and so on.
It is ironic that the very equipment that you acquire to protect you, such as security cameras, can also be used to get access in a manner that is unlawful and not intended by the original purchaser.
In this post, you are going to get particular information regarding why and how someone might hack a security camera system, as well as what steps you can take to protect yourself from being hacked.
Acquired via a Respected and Reliable Source
To keep their prices low, Amazon, Wish, and AliExpress all sell inexpensive cameras. These cameras not only have hardware of low quality, but also software that is poorly developed. This situation is very similar to that of dangerous counterfeit goods sold on Amazon. Manufacturing practices that reduce costs come at the price of the customer. Several different brands of cameras are currently being offered for sale at such low prices, and the majority of the time, they lack the necessary research and development to keep them safe from internet-based attacks.
Hackers can take advantage of oversights in poorly built software, which leads to extensive vulnerabilities in the system. Additionally, some websites compile reports about broken security cameras located all over the world. Some websites, particularly those with more sinister intentions, either publish the login details for hacked cameras or post videos obtained from hacked cameras for the whole public to view.
Security measures such as passwords and two-factor authentication
When it comes to preventing unauthorized access to computers and other Internet of Things devices, passwords are typically the first line of security that is utilized. We strongly suggest that you change the default password on every device you own to something more secure and unique. Keeping one’s passwords safe and avoiding forgetting or losing them can be made easier by using the use of a trustworthy piece of software known as a password manager. Do not reveal your passwords to anyone with whom you lack confidence or who might reveal them to other people. Altering passwords frequently—at least once every three months to half a year—is another way to increase password security.
Obtaining Secure Access to WiFi Networks
Unfortunately, the use of WiFi or wire-free security cameras adds another point of attack, despite the simplicity they provide. Even though hackers have to be physically close to the devices to hack them, it is not unheard of for WiFi networks and devices to be compromised. We strongly advise that you keep the software on your internet modem and WiFi router up to date to safeguard WiFi networks and cameras. If your modem or router does not have any accessible updates, then it may be time to consider replacing them. Additionally, you should not divulge your WiFi password to anyone. We strongly advise that, if you have guests who wish to use your WiFi, you configure the guest network on your router rather than disclosing the main network password. Hackers and other guests are prevented from eavesdropping on guest networks by the restrictions that are in place on those networks.
Take Charge by Investing in Products Made by Experts
Professional products offer a higher level of protection than consumer goods because the former prioritizes the volume of sales over the quality of the item being sold. When it comes to the subject of cybersecurity, flashy marketing and manufacturing practices that save money leave a lot to be desired. The owner of many cloud-based security systems does not have a great deal of control over their recorded footage or the location where that material is stored. It is essential to give serious thought to the possibility of investing in a specialized security system that calls for manual configuration and has a recorder installed on the property. It may sound like a lot of work to manage a professional camera system, but having more control is essentially necessary to ensure the safety of your various physical security systems.
Check whether there are any new firmware or software updates available.
Always check with the manufacturer or the vendor from whom you got your security cameras or security system to see if there are any upgrades available for the software or the firmware. Updates may contain remedies for serious vulnerabilities or exploits that hackers can take advantage of. Some electronic gadgets can connect directly to the internet to search for and obtain software updates.