Keeping Your Home Security Cameras Safe from Hackers

September 6th, 2019



Smart security systems are being used in more and more homes these days and are a great tool to have when it comes to protecting your home from intruders and other dangers. However, they may also be the perfect avenue for a hacker to spy on you because these security systems can be accessed through the internet.

So, what do you have to do to keep your home security cameras safe from hackers? Read on to find out.

Hacking Security Cameras

More than half of Americans have reported that they consider the loss of privacy one of the biggest reasons they have chosen not to use smart devices in their home. Every year, you hear more and more stories about how home security cameras are being hacked into, and some have even been found to play fake warning messages that would scare members of the household.

One of the ways these security cameras become vulnerable to hackers is through a technique known as credential stuffing. This is when hackers use usernames and passwords obtained from other data breaches to gain access to accounts. This information is often shared online with other hackers following breaches.

Since many people also choose to recycle and reuse their same passwords, it makes it easy for hackers to get into these systems. Over more recent years, hackers have gotten the login credentials of over 8.2 billion accounts over the internet. This also puts many security cameras at risk, regardless of the brand. 

Many companies are using two-factor authentication to help deter these kinds of hacking attempts, but people need to be adding additional layers of protection as well.

Protecting Yourself

There are a few simple things you can do at home to protect yourself against these kinds of attacks and reduce the risk of having your security cameras hacked into.

Updated Firmware: firmware updates are regularly released to help fix any software bugs or problems that may exist. It is also a way to patch any security vulnerabilities there may be. Many cameras will automatically download this updated software; however, you may find that some systems require that you manually perform the updates.

Change Passwords: many people use the same password for all of their accounts because it is easier for them to remember. However, doing this also makes it easy for a hacker to gain access to all of your accounts. A unique password should be created for each account. It should be long and complex and not include any personally identifiable information.

Password Manager: to help keep track of all these new passwords, you should use a password manager. It is a safe and secure way to store all the new passwords, and it remembers them for you. 

Two-Factor Authentication: if your cameras allow it, you should also set up two-factor authentication. This means that to gain access, a passcode sent via text message, phone call, or email will be needed in addition to the username and password. So, if the hacker gets your password, they won't be able to gain access to the security cameras because they won't have access to this code.

If you are ready to discuss the security of your home security cameras or you want more information on how you can protect yourself against hackers, then contact the Iowa Surveillance Team today.