Be Sure To Secure Those IP Cams!
November 30, 2014
IP cams can do your household and your business more harm than good if they aren’t properly secured. Fortunately, good safety and security isn’t really that hard if you take the right actions.
Hackers are looking for and finding new ways of attacking these cameras every day, but if you take the following actions you’re in a good position to prevent and fend off would-be invaders:
Update firmware frequently. In most good IP cams, the firmware can be upgraded to get rid of potential security holes. In some cases, all you have to do is visit your camera using a web browser, then upgrading is an option available from the administration console. Contact your camera maker if you don’t know how to do this.
Don’t network unless necessary. If you’re using your camera for some purpose that doesn’t involve showing the signal to others online or accessing it yourself remotely, there’s no reason to connect it to the Internet at all. Many cameras can be placed in local-only mode for complete safety — and for no chance of anyone else seeing what your camera is seeing.
Password-protect your camera. In most cases, this is on by default, but it may not be. Add password protection and use a complicated, hard-to-guess password that you don’t share with anyone. Otherwise, people could be watching when you don’t want them to be.
Use wireless network encryption. Cameras should be attached only to WPA2-encrypted wireless networks or something equally secure. Taking that simple action goes a long way toward preventing others from seeing your signal when you don’t want them to.
Use a rebroadcast service. Never share access to your camera with anyone. Instead, give access to your signal through an IP cam rebroadcast service to prevent problems and allow access by the widest array of users.
Avoid putting cameras in high-security areas. Whether it’s your bathroom or your research and development lab, avoid potential security issues by simply not putting cameras in secure or sensitive areas.
Take the right actions and your IP cams can be secure and serve you well. Take the wrong one and you could be in a world of trouble.