One of the news stories that caught my attention this week was about a baby camera being hacked by a man who started yelling at the baby. If you haven’t seen it, see it below;
This story gives me a serious case of the heebie geebies. We don’t have a camera monitoring system, but as parents we still do as much as we can to keep our child safe. Not only that, but from hacking into the camera, the hacker could have got into their home network and done serious damage. Events like this absolutely shatter my feelings of security and as I was reading into this I found that there were multiple cases of this happening some as recent as last August.
What can you do to stop something like this happening? The video I put in suggests some of this but;
- Update default passwords to something that is unique.
- Have different passwords for your camera and wifi.
- When choosing your passwords, use these guidelines.
- Longer than 8 characters
- Use at least 1 upper-case letter
- Use at least 1 lower-case letter
- Use at least 1 number
- Use at least 1 symbol
- Example password – “Gu3ss_Th1s!”
- Don’t email your passwords to anyone, including yourself.
- Check for software updates regularly as these patches will fix known vulnerabilities.