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Can Wifi Security Cameras Be Hacked?December 10, 2018

The invention of wifi cameras was greeted with gusto. The ability to monitor your home security cameras – or even baby monitors – from your smart phone or tablet is the epitome of convenience. When paired with smart home technology, these wifi security cameras can help you ensure that yes, the lights were flipped, or no, you didn’t leave the door open upon leaving in a rush that morning. They can even allow you to let someone into your home if you aren’t there or monitor the delivery of important packages remotely.

It wasn’t long after these cameras were introduced to the market, however, that people began stating theirs was hacked. By “hacked” we mean accessed by an individual illegally for criminal or pranking purposes. Of course, this is a very scary idea. If someone can access your wifi security cameras by hacking into the system then they can see everything happening inside your home. Not only is this unsafe, but many worried it could give a whole new market to sex offenders or human traffickers.

Can Wifi Security Cameras Be Hacked?

The answer to this question is yes, but it isn’t as simple as that. You see, while security cameras can definitely be hacked, it isn’t an easy thing to do. Remember that your bank account can be hacked, too, or your identity stolen. But those are also extremely hard things to do.

For professional security systems, it requires top-of-the-line hacking tools and techniques to break into a home’s security camera. If a single thing goes wrong – such as the computer being used rebooting – the system will recognize that something has gone wrong and begin to shriek.

Precautions Were Taken

It was a lot easier to hack wireless security systems when they first hit the market a few years ago. Since then, however, home security companies have taken a number of precautions to prevent this from happening. The details are complex, but they have essentially updated their software and created more complex coding that makes it significantly more difficult.

Tips to Further Reduce Risk

There are things you can do to reduce the risk your wireless security system will be hacked. Here are a few of the best tips, according to professionals:

  • Secure your home wireless network with WPA2

  • Change the password to your wireless network at least every three months

  • If the option is available, opt to encode your security camera with administration tools

  • Use a username and password combination on your security camera’s administration tools that cannot be easily guessed

  • Change the password to your admin tools at least every three months, and (when applicable) alter the username every year

  • Always make sure that the firmware to your camera is updated as often as possible – there is sometimes an option to have it automatically updated

  • If you believe you have been hacked, notify your home security company and change your passwords (no matter how long it has been since they were last updated)

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