Keep Your Home Safe! How To Protect Your Home Security Cameras From Hackers

It's important to keep your home and your loved ones safe, and one way is to install home security cameras, which have become synonymous with protection, safety, and crime prevention. But then again, how are the home security cameras protected from hackers? Read on to find out!
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There are many ways to keep your home safe. Among them are home security cameras, which have become synonymous with protection, safety, and crime prevention. But how do you protect yourself from the malicious internal dangers posed by these cameras?

Cybersecurity incidents such as hacking of security cameras have jeopardised the very device that was meant to keep us safe and secure.

An example (and a scary one too) is the recent hacking of cameras in multiple homes in Singapore (with leaked footages ending up online!).

So, why would hackers want to target your security cameras? A couple of reasons, and the most callous one is simply for the thrill of it.

Hackers use footages to scare, blackmail or take revenge on their targets. Others, however, hack security cameras to gain further access to personal information, including bank details and passwords.

Here are some tried-and-tested steps you can take to protect yourself from cybersecurity hacking.


1) Do Your Homework Before Purchase

It is vitally important that you do your due diligence, even to the smallest details. Not to sound like a nagging mom, but you are after all making a life-altering purchase!

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What you need to know is: Most security cameras and their software aren’t built with computer security in mind. They are built for convenience.

Doing your research and properly understanding how the device works are even more important than knowing what it can do for you. Doing your homework pre-purchase can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.


2) What To Keep In Mind During Purchase

a. Price

An expensive security camera does not guarantee safety, while an incredibly cheap one could raise red flags. What is the cost of your safety?

b. Brand

As large, reputable brands tend to have a higher tendency of being hacked, they are more likely to layer up their security features, strengthening their protection against hackers.


3) Set Up A Secure Password

Perhaps the most important aspect of protecting your security is ensuring a secure password for the devices. How many of us are guilty of using the same password for our WiFi, email and even banking access? Probably a whopping majority of us!

According to experts, this exposes us to hacking and other threats, if one of the sites is breached. Another dangerous habit that leaves us exposed to hacking is setting generic or overly simple passwords: "1234" or even "password"! So, how do you protect yourself?


First off, set strong passwords that are at least 8 to 10 characters along with a combination of symbols and numbers. Secondly, ensure that all your devices, systems and the WiFi router are set up with their individual username and password. And thirdly, change them periodically.

At this point, you must be asking yourself, "How do I remember them all?" Fret not. A simple solution to this is using a password manager. It will not only generate strong passwords for different sites, it will also store them for you in a secure and encrypted space.


4) Update Your Firmware

Firmware is the operating system (the brains) of your security camera. It controls the features and functions of your devices, and like the human operating system, it requires periodic updates.

Why is it necessary? Updates contain fixes and feature enhancements from manufactures that will keep your devices up-to-date with the latest enhancements. This means it also updates the security features to a more recent and secure state.


5) Set Up 2-Factor Authentication

Most of you would be aware of this feature as almost all banking systems follow this practice. By enabling this security feature, you will receive a one time-use passcode that must be entered each time you want to log into your account.

This additional layer of security will not only make it hard for hackers to crack your passwords, their access to your security camera system will also be blocked.


6) Disconnect Your Security Camera From The Internet

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As hackers usually gain access to your security camera via the internet, experts advise that you disconnect it from your WiFi, as footages can still be reviewed offline.

In addition, you should not access your security camera or your home security system from a public WiFi network. Using these public domains is pretty much an open invitation to hackers to access and infiltrate your system!


What To Do If You Think You’ve Been Hacked?

While there is never a guarantee your security camera system won’t ever be hacked, the above-mentioned precautions can definitely lower your chances.

But what do you do if the unfortunate event that you suspect you have been hacked?

Firstly, immediately unplug the camera from its power source. Secondly, quickly change the password on your account for the security camera.

And thirdly, contact the manufacturers of the device as it is important to work with the security service provider that can provide technologically advanced solutions. And of course, report the incident to the local law enforcement!

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A technologically-connected world is upon us, whether we like it or not. New devices, features and systems are created and updated every day, and every day we become a little bit more invested and reliant on it. Home security is not excluded from all this.

For example, digital locks are steadily gaining popularity among homeowners to provide that extra layer of protection and peace of mind.

Unlike a physical key, a digital lock requires passcodes, security tokens or even biometrics (advanced tech that identifies the human via fingerprint, voice recognition or facial pattern) when unlocking.

Becoming a more technologically-connected society, however, does not stop at merely owning devices and gadgets. It all comes down to being informed and educated about the fundamental aspects of its function, uses as well as the (very real!) threats it can pose.


Want to add more convenience, comfort and peace of mind to your house? Consider turning it into a smart home through these 5 straightforward ways! 

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