How secure is your security camera?
The convenience of security cameras that can detect and stream movement via the internet and Wi-Fi networks mean they have become a popular choice for individuals and businesses looking to keep a watchful eye on homes, offices and other premises.
Internet-connected security cameras let us stream vision in real time to other internet-connected devices like computers, smartphones and tablets, to and from anyone, anywhere in the world.
But your security camera needs to be protected with a unique password or the camera can be hacked by cybercriminals looking to stalk you, steal sensitive information or even take over control of your camera. If cybercriminals can log into your security camera’s system, they could spy on your home or business, breaching your personal privacy, or use the camera to gain control of other devices. They can also use the camera to steal sensitive personal or business information and share this with others.
Take the following steps to secure internet-connected security cameras:
- Change the passwords and other default settings before you use it the first time. Follow any instructions on setting passwords from the manufacturers’ official websites. Learn how to create and remember strong passwords.
- Turn cameras off when not in use.
- Turn off remote access when it’s not required.
- Make sure your home and business wireless networks are properly secured. Learn how to protect your network.
- Ensure you regularly update software and operating systems on your camera, and apply patches on all of your devices, including smartphones and tablets. Learn about updates.
- Follow all instructions when installing and configuring internet-connected camera settings, according to advice from official manufacturers’ sources.
- If you believe your security camera has been hacked, you can lodge a report with the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).
- Stay informed on the latest cyber security threats – sign up for the Stay Smart Online Alert Service.