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IP cameras and online security

November 21st, 2014 by Frank Crouwel

Today’s story of a Russian website showing UK companies’ and people’s personal cameras, see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30121159, shows how important it is to secure access to your cameras. Not protecting access to your cameras is like leaving the door of your house open. At some point you will get unwanted visitors. There is no need for this risk, keeping safe is easy. Just follow the basic rules:

  1. Always change the camera’s default password to a strong, individual password
  2. Never put the camera open on the Internet unless you have to, and if so, lock it down by IP or firewall where possible
  3. Never allow ‘anonymous’ access to a camera via the Internet
  4. Never link directly to a camera from a web page, as this means search engines can index it. Instead, if a camera is meant to be public, use a service such as our Streamdays offering.
  5. Turn off Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) if you don’t need it
  6. Buy decent cameras from trusted vendors who care about security, like the IP camera brands we have selected in our portfolio

If in doubt about your security, talk to our specialists. We are happy to advise.

One Response to “IP cameras and online security”

  1. Janette Dirth says:

    Loved this. Thank you. Last two points resonated deeply.