Securing Wireless IP Cameras
A particular brand of wireless IP cameras had a huge security vulnerability, which was exploited by hackers in the story below.
(For a technical explanation of what happened, read the full article here.)
So — this brand of baby monitors is vulnerable to hackers. When hackers do gain access to your IP cameras, it’s a huge violation of privacy and a significant security breach. What can you do to protect yourself?
Always install updates.
The vendor of this IP camera issued a patch for the firmware, but only 1% took the time to update. Any reputable technology provider issues updates to correct known problems with their equipment. The updates aren’t issued to annoy you, they’re issued to protect you and your equipment.
Guard your passwords.
We sound like a broken record with this, but it is of utmost importance. Many users of DIY IP camera systems make two critical errors. First, they never change the username from “admin”, and second, they rarely set up a password. This leaves an DIY camera system vulnerable to attacks from hackers.
Limit access to your cameras.
Experts at PC World suggest taking the following steps to secure your camera feed:
Access to them should only be allowed from a limited number of trusted IP addresses and the maximum number of concurrent connections should be throttled, they said. Isolating the cameras from the local network is also a good idea, in order to prevent them from being abused to attack local devices.
Taking a few precautionary steps could save you from the horror described by the folks in the video above.
If you’re interested in IP cameras for your home or business, give us a call and let us know. We’d love to help point you toward an IP camera system that isn’t as susceptible to outside attacks (even if it’s not one of ours.) Give us a call and we would be happy to help you.