Protection of IP cameras from hacking

Protection of IP cameras from hacking

Over the past few years, the IP video surveillance camera industry has grown significantly. The technology of installing video surveillance based on IP cameras is becoming easier and simpler, and more and more people prefer to do it themselves.

IP camera protection

Many people can handle the installation themselves, but as practice shows, not everyone can handle the protection of an IP camera. You can find out the number of network-connected and unprotected IP cameras using the Shodan hacker search engine . With Shodan, you can also check your network and devices connected to it. For the advanced, here’s an article on how to use Shodan . I hope you understand.

 

So, in today’s article, I will give some practical tips to help you protect your IP cameras from being hacked. Go!

Camera firmware update:

Most modern IP cameras are equipped with upgradable firmware. If a security vulnerability is found, the IP camera manufacturer fixes the vulnerability by posting a firmware update on the website. As a rule, updating the camera firmware is implemented using the administration panel in the browser.

Search for IP camera vulnerabilities.

You should often check the official website of the IP camera manufacturer for new firmware releases. But even this does not guarantee that your IP camera is protected, since many manufacturers literally score on updates and the release of fixes for the vulnerabilities of their devices. Therefore, you need to independently look for new vulnerabilities in your camera.

protection of the IP camera from hacking.

You can use a search engine to find the vulnerability of an IP camera. Enter the model of your security camera and add the word “vulnerability” or just “vuln”.

Keep your cameras on the local network.

If security is your top priority, then you need to keep your security cameras on your local network and assign them non-routable internal IP addresses (like 192.168.0.5 or something similar).

 

But even with non-routable IP addresses, your cameras can still be discovered by camera software that sets up port forwarding or uses UPNP to expose your cameras to the Internet.

I recommend going to the official website of your IP camera manufacturer to find out how to set up the cameras offline.

IP Camera Password Protection

Many IP cameras do not have password protection by default. Many people forget to go back and add password protection to their security cameras and end up with security cameras left open to outside access.

protection of the IP camera from hacking.

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

Login and password by default

The default login and password set by the manufacturer are available to everyone. They can be easily found on the network. If you haven’t changed the admin username and password, then even a child using the default password can hack into your IP cameras, let alone a professional hacker.

By the way, in the article ” Default router passwords,” we talked about how to find out the factory login and password of the router.

Turn on WPA2 encryption.

If you are using a wireless network to connect to the camera, then I recommend using connections using WPA2 encryption. This will improve the security of the IP camera and can prevent unauthorized access.

Installation of IP camera

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

That’s all. I hope this article will help you protect your CCTV camera. It is critical to understand that IP camera protection is your responsibility, not your will!

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