Hacked! Security Cameras & Baby Monitors - how to stay safe
Hacked Security Cameras, including baby monitors: How to protect your privacy
No system is impervious to a cyber attack, however you can improve your safety with these steps.
Use cameras from reputable manufacturers, whether they are part of a professionally monitored security system or a device you purchased and installed yourself.
Use cameras with high-level, end-to-end encryption.
Use a complex, unusual password that cannot be guessed (never use passwords you already use for other accounts).
Update the camera firmware each time an update is available.
Use two-factor authentication.
Another important step is keeping cameras out of private rooms, instead point toward entryways into the house. That obviously doesn't work with baby monitors, so be sure not to skimp on your baby security devices. Choose a highly secure, reputable camera system.
Security Expert, Aamir Lakhani of FortiGuard suggests, "putting standalone security cameras on a network of their own."
Additional security efforts could be placing standalone security cameras on a network of their own. CNET states, "While this would doubtless foil your plans for the perfect smart home, it would help prevent "land and expand," a process by which an attacker gains access to one device and uses it to take control of other connected devices on the same network."
Any time a hacker has breached a device, they can take over every device on the network including gaming consoles, tablets, pcs.. You name it. Basically anything connected to your network.
For ultimate security, create a private network of cameras with a virtual private network or VPN, to further restrict which devices can access the network the security cameras are on.
Be mindful to log all activity on your network, watch your traffic and your system. They often give off small signs of being breached. If you're aware of how your system operates, you can spot unusual behavior.
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