A family in Mississipi had cameras in their two daughters’ bedroom hacked and that was scary. The same home security cameras you expect to protect you and your family can be hacked and used for harm.
Since most home security cameras have voice capabilities, the hackers might listen to private conversations and even speak to you. It is very scary and very troubling hearing voices inside your own house speaking to you.
No wonder, then, that in a nationally representative survey conducted by Consumer Reports in 2018, 54 percent of Americans considered loss of privacy a reason not to use smart devices.
Here are three ways cyber criminals steal your personal information:
This is your number one vulnerability. If a hacker gains access to your router, they have access to all your connected devices. Router manufacturers may not always have your security as first priority.
Change the username and default passwords that come with your router. Your home security cameras are connected to your router for internet access
You may find a great deal online or somewhere else and buy what you think is a great deal. Beware though, on the roadside home security systems may be compromised.
Just like you update apps on your phone, always update your security cameras firmware. Trusted manufacturers are always updating security vulnerabilities. The more reason to buy your security system from a credible source.
Hackers are always writing malicious code meant to hack into secure systems. Avoid creating passwords like “123456”, “mylastname123”. A strong password is vital.
Create a password manager account with Dashlane. Dashlane fills all your passwords, payments, and personal details wherever you need them, across the web, on any device. So you can get right to what you want to do. Create a free account and manager up to 50 passwords with one device free.
If your security camera system allows is, set up a two-factor authentication system. Every time someone attempts to log in, they must enter a unique code sent via SMS, email, or with a security app.
Check the Avast Hack Check site to see if your password has been leaked in previous data breaches. If it has, change your password on your email account immediately.
It is important to take your home security seriously. We all live digitally connected lives, with all our personal information held electronically. Avoid identity theft and identity fraud.
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