While it’s rare to have your home security system attacked by hackers, it can happen.
In this day and age, it’s not uncommon to be able to access your security system from your smartphone or tablet. This remote accessibility has revolutionized the security industry, and it has given homeowners a new level of control over their homes when they’re away. However, this kind of remote access is a double-edged sword, as it makes your system more vulnerable to hackers. But, there is good news. Your system is not helpless to hackers, and there are many things you can do to protect your home security system from cyber attacks. Here’s how:
#1. Choose a secure password and change it frequently.
Choosing passwords that are strong and difficult to crack may seem like a no-brainer to you, but you’d be surprised at how many people will still choose the date of their anniversary or their child’s middle name as passwords. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 percent of web users still use passwords that are easy to hack. Here are some of the most frequently used passwords to date:
In addition to choosing passwords that are too simple and easy to crack, some people don’t even bother to change the password at all. Most security systems come with a default username and password, and not all installers or homeowners will change those credentials. However, changing the password just once when your system is first installed isn’t a great idea. You should make it a point to change your password frequently. Make sure that your password uses a combination of letters, numbers and symbols, and never use your birthday or your pet’s name.
#2. Make sure your router is secure.
Here at XYZ Security, our surveillance camera systems are designed to connect to your router, so that you can view the footage on your computer and smart devices. This makes it essential to ensure that your router is secure. Here are a few tips to help you secure your router:
- Change the username and password on your router. Don’t leave the default username and password, and stick with the password generation rules we outlined in our first point.
- Change the name of the network. Most networks come with a standard name, like NetgearR6800. Unfortunately, these generic names give hackers the information they need to identify the type of router you have, which makes it more susceptible to cyber attacks. Changing the network name is a fast and easy way to add a little more security to your system.
- Activate encryption. This is the most important thing you can do to protect your network, and, as all new routers come equipped with encryption, you simply have to activate it by navigating to the settings on your router.
- Turn off guest networks. Giving guests the ability to use your network without a password is nice in theory, but can you trust every neighbor or individual parked outside of your home? If you can trust someone to use your network, you can trust them to use your network password, and you can always change the password once they are done.
#3. Install anti-virus software on your computer.
If you are planning on accessing your surveillance footage through your computer, it’s smart to install anti-virus software on the computer you plan to use. This can help to detect and prevent malware and viruses that put your computer and security system at risk.
#4. Avoid using public WiFi to access your system.
If you are going to access your system remotely, you are going to need to make sure that you are using a secure network. If you use public WiFi to access your security system, it puts you at risk, as hackers can use public networks to access all kinds of personal information, including usernames and passwords. When you’re checking security footage or otherwise accessing your security system from a remote location, always make sure that you are using a secure, encrypted network to do so.
#5. Keep an eye on your camera logs.
Keep a close eye on the camera logs from your surveillance system. This will help you stay in the know about any strangers using unknown or unidentified IP address to access your surveillance system.
#6. Ensure that your system is up to date.
Technology within the security industry is a wonderful thing in many ways, and it’s always changing and improving. In order to ensure that your security system remains secure and protected, you should make it a point to keep the software up to date.
The ability to access your security system remotely has led to many breakthroughs in the industry, but that doesn’t mean that it’s without challenges. Luckily, by taking the steps outlined above, you can protect your security system from cyber attacks.
If you’re in the market for surveillance camera installation in Los Angeles, or you have any questions or concerns about how to ensure that your XZY Security surveillance system is secure, please contact us!