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hacker breaking into a surveillance system

Although surveillance systems are a great way to protect your home or business from thieves and intruders, they aren’t infallible. Ironically, they can also be used by hackers to gain access to your property and sensitive information. Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce the chances that your security camera will be hacked.

1. Change the default username and password

When you first install your surveillance system, it comes with a default username and password. You must change this information immediately. Use a strong password with numbers, symbols and both uppercase and lowercase letters. Make sure the password isn’t the same as another password you use to access other devices within your home or business. It’s also a good idea to change the password every three months for increased protection.


2. Update the firmware regularly

Surveillance camera manufacturers routinely release firmware updates that fix software bugs and patch security vulnerabilities. While some devices automatically download these updates, others don’t. Get into the habit of regularly checking for updates for your devices and network routers to keep your system secure and performing its best.


3. Don’t access your surveillance system from a public network

Never log into your surveillance camera feed while you’re connected to public Wi-Fi. Hackers can easily access information through shared networks, including your video surveillance system. If you intend to remotely access your security cameras and footage, invest in a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN creates an encrypted connection, making it extremely secure and difficult for hackers to identify valuable data.


4. Set up two-factor authentication

Many surveillance system companies now offer two-factor authentication. This extra security measure helps prevent your cameras from being hacked by sending you a temporary, one-time passcode via text message, email or phone to use in addition to the password needed to log into your surveillance system. That way, if a hacker obtains your password, they still won’t be able to access your cameras unless they also have the one-time passcode.

Guardian Security Solutions supplies and installs various high-level security systems for both homes and businesses. Ask our experts in Calgary or Lethbridge about options like high-definition, infrared and night-vision cameras, as well as auto-tracking features, built-in analytics and thermal temperature detection.


Surveillance systems in Calgary and Lethbridge

Guardian Security Solutions is a trusted security systems supplier in Calgary, Lethbridge and the surrounding area. We carry various alarm systems and monitored security systems for your home and business. Contact us today or visit one of our two showrooms in Calgary or Lethbridge to learn more about our products.


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