Having cameras and other security measures in your home can make you feel safe and at ease knowing that your home and family are well protected. However, if you think about the possibility of connected technology being hacked by outside parties, it can have the opposite effect, making you feel more vulnerable. Don’t let this put you off having a security system in your home; it is an incredibly unlikely event and there are measures you can take to ensure that it doesn’t happen. Read on for more on this topic.
Which security systems are vulnerable to hacking?
If your home security system is connected via wireless internet, then it could be vulnerable to a hack. Last year, research found three specific security systems that had been found to have weaknesses, but only if the hacker was located nearby. Once someone hacks into your system, they may be able to control the technology in your home and even hack into the security feed to view the activity in your home. As the technology advances, more safeguards are put in place for new systems to decrease the vulnerabilities of security cameras.
Spotting a hack into your security system
Although it’s not a common occurrence, you may be able to spot if your security system has been hacked into. Look out for any unauthorized activities or movements in your system. For example, if your cameras start to move in a way that you haven’t set them to or if a light is blinking on the cameras when it doesn’t normally, then someone else may be controlling them. You can also keep an eye on the data your security system is collecting to notice any unusual or increased activity, or log ins that you don’t recognize.
If your security system is monitored, then this company can also detect breaches into your system and either fix the problem or alert you and the authorities to the problem.
How can you prevent hacking?
Your passwords to your home security system and wireless network absolutely need to be secure. Don’t just go for your first pet’s name (and that advice goes for passwords you use anywhere), choose a password with a combination of letters, numbers, symbols, and different letter cases. This will make it much more difficult for hackers to gain access to your system. Changing your passwords on a regular basis is also helpful.
Using public Wi-Fi can be risky, so make sure you don’t access your security system remotely while you are logged into a public Wi-Fi. Anti-jamming technology can be used to detect a breach, alert you to the problem and even blocking the hacker out of the system. Finally, make sure you are buying your security system from a trusted and reputable firm, and avoid buying second hand systems.
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