What could possibly be next? I don’t want to make you paranoid, but maybe you should be. Anything that is connected to the Internet has the potential of being hacked into. There are a number of things that homeowners can do in order to prevent this from happening.
It’s not every day that I get a chance to appear on television to make a public service announcement, but this was one of those times. We buy home security systems because they make us feel safe, but are they actually doing the opposite? Yes, in many circumstances they can place you and your family in danger.
Why do we need cameras?
There is no question that surveillance cameras act as a deterrent. The thinking behind their use is that if someone was tempted to burglarize your home or steal your stuff, they would likely look for a softer target. Homeowners purchase security cameras for a variety of things such as:
- Monitor points of access – front, rear and basement doors
- Children’s room – nanny cams
- Backyard – pool areas
Safety and Security is Your Responsibility
The very first step after installing (or having a system installed), is to change the password. Most of the systems come with a default username and password. Now is not the time to be lazy, especially after watching the news segment. These threats your privacy are real. Someone with nefarious intentions can easily find the default information on the ‘Net and broadcast your entire life on a website.
The homeowner should choose a password that cannot be easily guessed, such as the family name or address. Instead, they should choose a password with a minimum of twenty (20) characters. It is also suggested that special characters, numbers and capital letters.
You can watch the news segment here: