Keeping Your Security System Safe
Ironically, your security system can still be breached, as rare as it might be, it may occur! To prevent any of this from happening, there are a few measures that you can take to keep things running smoothly and your security system safe from hacking.
Prevention Is Key:
Smart homes and smart security systems are great, but with them comes some risk of hacking. Why, you ask? Well, it’s because of the way they work – through the Wifi. Instead of throwing away your idea of having security cameras that are wifi based, take on the following advice:
Update your software and firmware:
This may sound a little too simple to be of any use, but trust us when we say, keeping on top of your software updates is very important. Not only will it ensure you have the most up to date features, but any bugs or malware holes will be fixed each update, ensuring your software is secure.
If a particular brand you have been looking at has reviews of recent hacking or lack of cybersecurity, it might be wise to start looking into more reputable providers. Take the time to do your research, compare and ask the hard questions to ensure your security system doesn’t fall prey to online criminals.
Make Unique Usernames:
Your username and password should 1. Change every few months and 2. Never be the original or default one provided by the security company, always login and change it to something unique and obscure to decrease chances of hacking. Your password should be hard, but not ridiculous, make sure to refresh it every once in a while. A good reminder is whenever there is a software update due.
Avoid Public Wifi:
Using wifi to alarm your house or turn on security cameras can seem like the easy thing to do when you are out and about, but by doing this you are actually increasing the chances of your security information being hacked or the system turned off by burglars. To avoid this, when in public spaces, use a VPN to keep you data encrypted and secure. Now you can monitor your home security system from your phone with less risk.
Be App Savvy:
Checking your security app permissions is key to keeping you and your home security system safe from hackers. Turn off any location permissions and ensure Bluetooth isn’t enabled for the apps when you are out and about. Delete any unused apps off old phones that could impact your home security system in the future.
To Look Out For:
Here are some things that you can keep an eye on when it comes to ensuring your security is safe from hacking:
- The camera is moving in a strange or unusual way
- Noises are coming from the security system that you have never heard before
- LED lights blink or are on when the system is off or inactive.
- Setting changes have occurred without your knowledge
- Password is incorrect – meaning someone has changed your password.
- You are locked out of your system, someone could have hacked it and blocked you from having access.
- Excess usage or footage at times when the system is usually off.
The Wrap Up:
Ensuring your smart security system keeps your home safe starts by ensuring it is safe from hackers. Take on some of the advice and suggestions we have written above and start taking control of your smart security system and avoid malware.