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Protect your home security camera

Protect your home security camera

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Following these steps can reduce the chances of your camera getting compromised.
  • Use strong, unique passwords.  Make sure to do this both for your camera account and your home WiFi network and router. Never use the default passwords that come with a device. When home security cameras are hacked, it's usually because an attacker has somehow acquired the password.
  • Use a WiFi router or mesh networking kit that does not allow administration over a web interface and that automatically updates. With any router, make sure that any remote administration features are turned off and that you regularly install software updates or patches.
  • Set up multifactor authentication if your camera offers it.  Cameras by Arlo, August, Blink, Google Nest, Ring, Samsung SmartThings, and Wyze are among the models that do.
  • Keep your camera’s firmware up to date.  Some cameras will automatically download and install updates, and others will require you to check for them on your own, usually by finding an update button in the Settings menu in your camera’s app.

Why is this important?

  • Although connected security cameras can help protect your home, they can also be used by attackers to spy on you; this is a greater risk if you’re using a weak password or one that has already been compromised through a data breach.

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