Protecting IP Cameras from Hacking

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Over the past few years, IP surveillance has increased significantly. The technology of installation of video surveillance based on IP-cameras is becoming simpler and simpler, and more and more people prefer to do it themselves.

Camera firmware update

Most modern IP cameras are equipped with updated firmware. If a security vulnerability is discovered, the manufacturer of the IP camera eliminates this vulnerability by posting a firmware update on the site. Typically, the camera firmware update is implemented using the administration panel in the browser.

IP Camera Vulnerability Scan

You should often check the official website of the manufacturer of the IP camera on the release of a new firmware. But this does not guarantee that your IP camera is protected, since many manufacturers in the literal sense of the word are hammering on updates and issuing patches to vulnerabilities of their devices. Therefore, you need to independently look for new vulnerabilities in your camera.

To find the vulnerability of the IP camera, you can use a search engine. Enter your surveillance camera model and add the word “vulnerability” or simply “vuln”.

Also, to search for vulnerabilities, you can use special services like cvedetails.com .

Keep your cameras on the LAN


If security is your top priority, then you need to keep security cameras on the local network and assign non-routable internal IP addresses to them (for example, 194.168.0.5 or something like that).

But even with non-routable IP addresses, your cameras can still be detected by the camera software, which configures port forwarding or uses UPNP to bring your cameras to the Internet.

I recommend to go to the official website of the manufacturer of your IP camera to learn how to set up cameras without going online.

Password-protected IP cameras

Many IP cameras do not have password protection by default. After the initial setup of such a camera, many people forget to return and add password protection, and eventually the security cameras remain open to access from outside.

Most security cameras offer basic authentication. This is far from ideal in terms of security, but still better than nothing. Protect your cameras with a username and a strong password and change it periodically.

Password and default

login Username and default password set by the manufacturer are available to all, they can be easily found on the network. If you have not changed the administrator name and password, then even a child using the default password will be able to hack your IP cameras, not to mention a professional hacker.

Enable WPA2 encryption

If you use a wireless network to connect to the camera, then I recommend using connections using WPA2 encryption, this will improve the protection of the IP camera and be able to prevent unauthorized access.

Installing an IP Camera

Even if you think that you have provided all measures for protecting the camera using all the methods described in this article, keep in mind there is always a chance that your IP camera will be hacked, so if you don’t want to be a reality TV star, do not install a security camera where she should not be, for example in the bathroom or in the bedroom.
 
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