Webcams, Security Cameras and Baby Monitors are putting us at Risk

Our Webcams, Security Cameras and Baby Monitors are putting us at Risk

Webcams
web-cam

The internet has made it much easier to keep in contact with our family, friends and business associates but our desire for the visual as well as audio contact, is providing another way for our privacy to be compromised.

Hackers are getting into our systems and literally “watching” us through our webcams. There have been a number of instances where footage, including children and the elderly, has been streamed on the web as well as stills of the public, going about their daily lives, also being posted on websites.
Our cameras are being accessed by the hackers often using “Trojan Horse” style attacks in which a “click” on a malware infected download, attachment or music track by an unsuspecting user, can give the hacker full control of the computer and the attached webcam.

Security Cameras
security camera

We all feel the need to stay safe and this had led to a huge number of security cameras being purchased and installed in our homes and businesses, that connect directly to the internet – and that’s the issue.

These cameras are relatively easy to hack due to the simple fact that they often come with default internet access codes, and many people don’t change them for something more secure.
Footage from homes and businesses has also found its way onto the internet, often giving away important information that could be accessed by criminals who may wish to use it to their advantage.

Baby Monitors
sleeping baby

Being a new parent is very daunting and we are increasingly looking for the most hi-tech devices to help us keep our precious babies safe, but the widespread use of internet-connected video baby monitors has put this into question.

There have been a number of reports into the hacking of these gadgets with stories of voices and music being heard coming through the monitors, parents being “followed” around the room and footage being posted on the internet.

The security of these monitors has come into question after a number of devices were tested and found to have vulnerabilities, but the changing of default passwords still poses a problem if it isn’t done so securely.


Changing the default, factory security settings for these devices can reduce the risk of hackers accessing your cameras, but you should also check your Wi-Fi router access code too. And if you’re not sure, ask someone who is.

So, if you have any of these cameras installed, and let’s face it most of us have at least one either at home or work, you could be being watched right now…

Call Mark (Security Advisor) for more help, find a clear path to more security,

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