Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Technology

What You Should Know About IP Security Camera Vulnerabilities?

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Technology is convenient, but it is not perfect. You are probably aware that personal computers are common targets for cybercriminals, which makes a lot of sense since they are prevalent in society today. Of course, that has led to similar threats among mobile phones, since they are actually the most common form of technology used throughout the world.

But you may not realize other tech around your home is also vulnerable to threats. In fact, any device that connect to the internet (or has the ability to) can be vulnerable these threats.

Take security cameras, for example.  Not very long ago, a study found that a vast majority of networked surveillance cameras were vulnerable to hack attempts. In fact, smart locks—another type of home security device—were also found to have similar vulnerabilities.

Smart Cybercriminals

While this might sound alarming, the reality is that these hacks only come about after very smart cybercriminals investigation potential weaknesses in the coding of these device’s programs. Programmers and quality control specialists always try to find these weaknesses before the devices hit the market but, much like other consumer products (pharmaceuticals, for example), they are not always able to anticipate what to expect in the real world.

How Security Cameras Are Vulnerable?

Even when connected to a secure network (or a network you believe to be secure), cameras themselves are not always encrypted or protected by a password.  Indeed, many camera owners believe they do not need these native security measures simply because they have encrypted or otherwise protected their network.  This means that a hacker has multiple potential entry points, both into your security camera’s functions as well as your whole network (which, in turn, can lead to accessing other devices, too).

What A Vulnerable Camera Can Do?

Many networked security cameras either stream the video feed to a monitor or, more than likely, transmit video feed over the internet to a memory bank. This means the video feed itself is vulnerable, so thieves could monitor its viewing angle and plot a route.  In some cases, though, hackers have learned how to use the camera’s blinking lights to send a visual signal that could expose security codes, PINs, etc.

Keeping Your Camera Safe

To ensure you are not vulnerable to these flaws, make sure your network is secure.  Not only should you use strong passwords, but you should also encrypt your network. Also, make sure any device you connect to this network has its own set of strong checkpoints (like additional passwords) as an added layer of security.