Strong passwords and secure Wi-Fi networks can ensure that recorded images don’t fall into the wrong hands
Security cameras connected to the Internet can become the target of hackers. It is possible that someone with malicious intent will be able to record or even follow live what happens in the users’ home or work, bringing risks to privacy and security. Keeping the camera up to date, using strong passwords and giving preference to manufacturers that have credibility in the market are some of the actions that can avoid the risks of leaks and invasion.
A security breach recently left data for 2.4 million people exposed. The case is being considered the most serious type leak ever seen worldwide. Here are six tips to make using the surveillance camera something safer.
1. Keep the camera up to date
Cameras, as well as other connected devices, should receive security updates from manufacturers over time. It is essential to enable the automatic update option, or else, check for updates on the manufacturer’s website. In addition to enhancing camera security, with the potential to correct some serious breach, these updates can improve product performance and bring new functionality.
2. Use strong passwords
The connected security cameras come with a standard password, released by the manufacturer for the first installation. If an attacker tries to access your camera, there is a good chance that the first password he will try to use is the default password. As with the purchase of a new router, it is essential to change the camera password to a personalized and secure code, with letters, numbers and special characters.
3. Make sure your network is secure
If your camera has a secure password and is always up to date, but is connected to a poorly configured network, it may be vulnerable to intrusion. For this, it is important to follow some tips to keep the Wi-Fi network secure, such as hiding the network name and monitoring the connected devices, for example.
4. Be judicious with remote access
Security cameras with Internet access allow you to monitor everything in real-time. Convenience, however, needs to be used with some care. One tip is to not use remote access on public Wi-Fi networks, or that you don’t trust. Another recommendation is to create usage profiles that reduce the risk of interception. For example, evaluate whether your camera really needs to access the Internet all the time. Perhaps you can set it up to transmit images only when you are not at home.
5. Use two-factor authentication
Some newly manufactured cameras have the option of configuring two-factor authentication. This function combines the chosen password with a unique alphanumeric code, usually sent by cell phone and only you can access it. With 2-step verification, the risk of an attacker accessing your data and the camera with your password disappears.
6. Keep an eye on the source
When buying your camera, it is important to look for devices of good origin. The branded products with the greatest presence in the market, in theory, have frequently updated systems, in addition to good quality tools and security resources. Be wary of crazy offers: cameras of dubious origin can be tampered with by the seller, with built-in malware created specifically to make life easier for criminals.