Tips to Keep Your Privacy Safe From CCTV Hackers

February 18, 2024

Tips to Keep Your CCTV Footage Privacy Safe from HackersYou’re walking down the street when suddenly you get an uneasy feeling, like someone is watching you. Glancing around, you notice security cameras on every block.

We’re so used to seeing CCTV cameras that we barely notice them anymore. But how much do we really know about the data they collect and who has access? With hacking on the rise, your privacy might not be as secure as you think.

Let’s talk about ways we can keep our personal information out of the wrong hands. From covering your face to knowing your rights, you have more control than you realize when it comes to public surveillance. Read on to learn actionable tips to keep your privacy safe from CCTV hackers right here in Texas.

The Risks of Hacked Security Cameras

Security cameras are everywhere these days, keeping an eye out for criminal activity and helping us feel safe. But did you know that many standard security cameras’ privacy can be hacked, putting your privacy at risk?

Lack of Strong Passwords

Many people never change the default password on their security cameras, leaving them open to hacking. Default passwords are easily found online, so change yours to a unique, complex password as soon as you set up your system.

Unencrypted Data

Some cheaper cameras don’t encrypt the data they transmit, meaning anyone can access the live footage or stored video. Look for cameras that offer encryption to prevent unauthorized access.

Remote Access

Many security cameras offer remote access through smartphone apps so you can check in anytime from anywhere. But remote access also means hackers may be able to access your system through vulnerabilities in the app or your home network. Be cautious about enabling remote access and change any default passwords.

Software Updates

Like any technology, security cameras contain software vulnerabilities that need to be patched. But many people never update the software or firmware on their cameras, leaving them open to known hacks that have already been fixed by the manufacturer. Check for software and firmware updates regularly and install them to keep your system secure.

Staying vigilant about your home security means protecting yourself against hacked cameras. Take some basic precautions to secure your system and you’ll minimize the risks of unwanted intrusions into your privacy.

How Hackers Can Access and Control Your Cameras

The truth is, most security cameras nowadays are internet-connected, and if they’re connected, they’re hackable. Hackers have ways of tapping into your cameras without you even realizing it.

They can gain access through your Wi-Fi network or internet router. If your network isn’t secure, they can easily connect to your cameras.

Once in, hackers have full control and can watch and record everything the cameras see. They can pan, tilt and zoom to get a better view and follow your movements. Some hackers have even been known to talk through the cameras using the built-in microphones to scare people. Pretty creepy stuff!

To make matters worse, hacked footage and audio are often sold on the dark web or used to blackmail victims. As unsettling as it is, hackers sell access to hacked home and business security camera feeds as a service. Thousands of hacked cameras are viewed by strangers every day.

The best way to protect yourself is to make sure your security system and all connected devices like cameras are up to date, use strong passwords, enable two-factor authentication if available, and keep your Wi-Fi network secure. You should also disable remote access on cameras whenever possible and consider using a VPN for added security.

Taking these precautions will help ensure that your security system is working to protect you rather than invading your privacy. After all, security should make you feel more secure, not less. Stay safe out there!

Protecting Your Privacy: Tips to Keep Hackers Out of Your Security Cameras

Secure Your Wifi Network

Your security cameras likely connect to your Wifi network, so make sure your network is secure. Use a strong, unique password with a minimum of 12 characters. Change your router’s default password and SSID right away. Enable WPA3 or WPA2 security on your router and change the default router admin password. These steps will make your Wi-Fi network much harder to hack.

Update Camera Firmware

Security camera companies frequently release firmware updates to patch vulnerabilities that could be exploited. Make sure your cameras are set to automatically check for and install updates. If not, manually check for updates at least once a month and install any available patches. Firmware updates are one of the best ways to keep hackers out of IP cameras.

Change Default Passwords

Never leave the default password on your security cameras. Hackers know these default passwords and use them to easily gain access. Change all passwords to a minimum of 12 characters with a mix of letters, numbers and symbols. Use unique passwords for each camera whenever possible. Strong, unique passwords are your first line of defense.

Disable Remote Access

Remote access allows you to view camera feeds from anywhere, but it also provides an opening for hackers. Disable remote access on your cameras whenever you don’t need it. When you do enable remote access, use a VPN or IP restriction to limit access to specific IP addresses. Follow all the other tips like using strong passwords and updating firmware to minimize risks when remote access is enabled.

These privacy tips will help ensure your security cameras stay secure and keep hackers out. But as with any connected device, there is always some risk of a hack. So if you have serious concerns about privacy or hacking, you may want to avoid IP cameras altogether.

Contact AAA Security Guard Services Today!

Don’t delay and contact AAA Security Guard Services right away to schedule a consultation. Our experienced security specialists will conduct a thorough evaluation of your property and current security systems to determine the best solutions for your needs (while maintaining your privacy!).

AAA Security Guard Services has been protecting homes and businesses in Texas for over 20 years. We provide customized security solutions including security cameras, alarms, guard services and more. Our highly-trained security guards and state-of-the-art technology will give you peace of mind that your privacy and property are well-protected.

With hacking and cybercrime on the rise, it’s not worth the risk to go it alone. AAA Security Guard Services uses encrypted security cameras and monitoring systems with the latest cybersecurity protocols to prevent unauthorized access. We also frequently audit our own security systems and procedures to identify and address any vulnerabilities before they can be exploited.

For a free quote and security assessment, call AAA Security Guard Services today at +1 817-677-8803 or visit our website at aaaguards.com. Or email us at info@aaaguards.com. Don’t leave your privacy and security to chance. We’re committed to safeguarding what matters most to you.