The Internet Protocol (IP) Camera is starting to grow in usage in retail, leisure and other public buildings; taking advantage of the high-speed internet connections we have at our disposal these days, CCTV Installers are able to implement a security camera system that is able to deliver high-quality images to its operator as and when they happen.
One of the primary advantages of using a local area network to send footage (the data) is that it does not rely on any physical storage mediums to store information . This makes recordings safer, secure and less expensive to own.
However, as with anything involving internet connections, the data sent and received by IP cameras may become a target for hackers and bots – which is why in this blog, we've put together some tips on protecting your security systems from those willing to do it harm.
Advice From CCTV Installers On Protecting Your IP Cameras From Hackers
If you're considering implementing a number of IP cameras to create a network or just a single camera, here are our tips on ensuring they are protected:
- Update Firmware . The majority of IP cameras will use firmware (the software in the device that reacts with the hardware), which will need to be upgraded by the user. If any security vulnerabilities are found, the manufacturer of the camera will often fix them through the issuing of an update. Usually, the user can access updates from the admin section of their camera manufacturer's website.
So, make sure you constantly check your software's admin section and/or the manufacturer's website for news on firmware updates so you can make sure the version you are currently using does not contain vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers.
- Keep Camera Feeds Local . Whilst the internet offers us the joy of connecting with the world in less than a single second, if you have a security camera connected to the internet, you probably wouldn't want to share the images it captures with the world. If privacy is your priority, then keeping your connection on a local network will prevent images from being available to the world – using non-routable internal IP addresses will create this solution.
It's worth remembering that even with non-routable IP addresses, your cameras can still be exposed by the use of software that sets up port forwarding – the process that clears a path for external devices to connect to thecamera. Visit your camera manufacturer's website or ask your CCTV installers for tips on how to set your cameras in local-only mode.
- Rename Default Admin Account and Password. Usually, your new camera will come with a default username and password that has been set by the manufacturer, often available from their website (in the section for your particular model). If you don't change the username and password, it leaves it open for anyone to exploit – they will then have full control of your camera and be able to change the settings to lock you out.
- Give Passwords To Cameras. By default, to make the set-up easy and quick for CCTV installers, many IP cameras will not have password protection switched on. Whilst it's relatively simple to activate, many people forget to add password protection after the camera is set up, leaving it open to access.
Most cameras will offer some form of basic authentication, though. Although it won't be robust, it is at least better than nothing. Be sure to protect your camera feeds with a username and strong password (with upper and lowercase letters, numbers and characters) and change it on a regular basis.
- Turn on Encryption . Whilst any determined hacker may find a way through a connection, if the content is encrypted (locked), then they will not be able to view it. For wireless cameras, connecting to networks that are encrypted will ensure that any eavesdroppers are unable to connect and access your feed.
Need To Establish Your Own Bespoke Security Network? Get In Touch With Maxtag
If you're searching for CCTV installers to help your business to establish a secure network of IP cameras, then why not get in touch with the expert team here at Maxtag?
Throughout the last 20 years, we have been providing the latest in security camera technology to a wide array of public and private buildings – from retailers to governmental buildings, school and colleges to pubs and restaurants. No matter the task at hand or the requirements of the client, we have a proven track record of creating bespoke installations that make a huge difference to safety and security.
To discuss how we can help you to improve your building's security, please feel free to give our customer support team a call on 0800 044 3160. Alternatively, you can send any questions via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org