Any camera which connects directly to the internet – and this will include most models of home or commercial surveillance and security camera, plus baby monitors – should be treated with extra care.
Specifically, you should not use the device without changing the password.
The easiest way to do this is to register your camera with the manufacturer.
ESET security expert Stephen Cobb says, ‘The most important thing for webcam security is to register your camera.
‘Follow the advice on the packaging.’ Speaking to Popular Mechanics, Cobb says that unless cameras are registered, the manufacturers will find it hard to locate and push firmware updates to the camera – leaving users insecure.
Remember, if you can access your video footage over the internet then what is stopping someone else from doing the same?
’ Security researchers have shown off attacks where cameras on Smart TVs can be accessed via the internet – and some forms of malware can allow crooks to look through your PC webcam. If it’s built in to the gadget, put a piece of tape over the lens when it is not in use. The point of security cameras is to give you peace of mind – so point them at entrances to your house, rather than giving someone a view of the goods and people in there.