IP Security Cameras: Vulnerabilities and How To Protect Yourself

Protecting our home is important for most of us, so we take precautions to lock our doors, windows and even have an alarm system, which may include an Internet Protocol (IP) camera. We have these safeguards in place for a good reason - to protect our home, family and belongings. Here are some startling FBI statistics on home burglaries:

  • 2,000,000 home burglaries are reported each year in the United States
  • About 66 percent of all burglaries are residential(home) break-ins
  • About 30 percent of all burglaries are through an open or unlocked door or window
  • Highest percentage of burglaries occur during the summer months
  • Homes without security systems are up to 300 percent more likely to be broken into

Due to these statistics, consumers have installed IP cameras to monitor their home(s), which includes the ability to view the camera footage via a web app. In case you weren’t aware, the WiFi enabled features can pose some security vulnerabilities.

In 2014, 73,000 unsecured cameras were hacked and made available to the general public and of that 11,064 of the unsecured cameras were in the United States. The United States is still No.1 for unsecured security cameras, compared to other countries. What a scary stat!

These statistics show that no system is free from hackers, but we can at least make it difficult for them to access your Internet of Things (IoT) devices and in this instance IP cameras. A few tips and best practices to help protect your IoT devices are:

  • Password protect your camera(s)
  • Change the default password of your router
  • Frequently update your camera’s firmware
  • Secure your gateway with a Network Threat Protection which includes a VPN (virtual private network) that mitigates against network intrusions

Taking some of these extra steps may help protect your personal and family privacy. If we don’t take these precautions, there is always someone who’s ready to hack your network and potentially access your IP camera. To check your network for potential vulnerabilities, please feel free to take a complementary network test here.

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