Home cameras are supposed to be invulnerable when it comes to hacking. However, experts said that these devices could still be breached easily!
Home cameras are created so that you will be updated with all the things happening around your house. Security experts said that they are specifically designed to be invulnerable against hackers and other cybercriminals.
However, some experts discovered that online attackers are now finding different methods on how to bypass the security systems so that they could easily breach your home cameras. Some professionally monitored systems, such as Comcast and now ADT, address the problem by simply strictly limiting the actions technicians can take while assisting customers with their accounts.
Their safety measures include preventing technicians from accessing users’ email addresses to their home camera accounts. On the other hand, a Comcast spokesperson explained that they “a team at Comcast dedicated specifically to camera security. Our technicians and installers have no access to our customers’ video feeds or recorded video, which can only be accessed by a small group of engineers, under monitored conditions, for issues like technical troubleshooting.”
The telecommunications company added that their home camera consumers can decide who they want to allow to access their Vivint system, especially their video feeds. Comcast added that its users could add, edit, or remove user settings depending on their preferences.
How Can Hackers Breach Your Security Cams?
Home camera experts explained that there are two primary ways a hacker can gain control of a video feed. Aamir Lakhani of FortiGuard explained that hackers could breach your security cams remotely or locally.
To access a home camera locally, a hacker needs to be in the range of the wireless network the camera is connected to. There, they would need to obtain access to the wireless network using a number of methods, such as guessing the security passphrase with brute force or spoofing the wireless network, and jamming the actual one.
On the other hand, security experts explained that a hacker can locally breach your home cameras if they are not encrypted or password-protected since the wireless network security itself is often considered enough of a deterrent to keep malicious attacks at bay.
Because of these, different cyber criminals and other online attackers no longer need to use advanced hacking methods just to take control of your security gadgets outside your house.
Protecting Your Security Cameras From Hacking
- Update the camera firmware frequently or whenever possible.
- Use two-factor authentication if possible.
- Use cameras with high-level, end-to-end encryption.
- Use cameras from reputable manufacturers, whether they are part of a professionally monitored security system or a DIY device.
- Change your credentials to something that cannot easily be guessed (in particular, avoid using passwords you already use for other online accounts).
Although security experts are the ones who provided the anti-hacking methods above, you still need to remember that not all of them are 100% efficient. However, you could further protect your security gadget if you use two or more of the tips above.