Who’s Watching You?

Smart Home Devices may Compromise your Privacy and Security

You’re concerned about security and decide to purchase a camera system for your home security. You go to a retailer and look at the popular Nest cameras and find that they are expensive. You decide to check Amazon and as you are doing so, you find a much cheaper system with all the same specifications and more cameras to boot. You purchase it, it is delivered to your home and you install the cameras all through the inside and outside of your house so that you can keep your family safe.

Wrong. Watch the video below for details:

What are the Lessons from this?

  1. Use long passwords to protect your devices – we recommend at least 15 characters.
  2. Use different passwords on different devices. One password should not give access to the whole system.
  3. Only buy devices that support two factor authentication.
  4. Only buy devices capable of being updated as new software is released and look for a history of providing updates.
  5. Do not use the default accounts and passwords that come with the devices. Create your own.
  6. All systems are connected to your Wi-Fi, so use a strong Wi-Fi password and a separate SSID for the devices from your regular network if you can.

Still Concerned about Home Security?

Having said that, cracking a Wi-Fi password from inside or outside the house is relatively easy to do with the appropriate tools so if security is a real concern, you might wait till the next revision of Wi-Fi which will offer better security.

Want to see some IP cameras exposed to the internet from around the world? Click here.

While the article focuses on security cameras, the same information applies to all of your smart home devices including Alexa, thermostats and door locks to name a few. When it comes to security, be overly cautious.

Charles Bennett is the Principal Consultant at Triella.  We are a technology consulting company specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium-sized firms. Charles can be reached at 647.426.1004. For additional articles, go to our blog page. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Webroot Reseller.

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