Caution About Cheap Cameras
Cheap cameras available online may seem like a tempting solution for business or home security. However, the reality is fraught with problems.
Most of the scary stories you see online about insecure cameras are about IP cameras. In theory, there’s nothing wrong with IP cameras. These are simply security cameras that connect to the network, either over Wi-Fi or a wired Ethernet connection. They provide a web interface you can use to view their feed. These cameras can also be hooked up to a network video recorder system or a computer, letting you view and record all those camera feeds in one place.
In practice, many people don’t set up these cameras securely. They leave them configured with the default username and password, and then connect them to the internet. This means anyone can watch the feed just by visiting the camera’s IP address online. There even are search engines like SHODAN designed to help people find these exposed camera feeds and other vulnerable Internet of Things devices. When analyzing network traffic, you can clearly see that many of these cameras send information to offshore servers using insecure methods.
Securing a home or business network is essential, even before using cameras. Configuring cameras properly and using strong passwords dedicated for these devices are just some of the ways to prevent a data breach. We suggest strong caution for any camera but especially those placed inside a home.
Here’s some information from the Federal Trade Commission & Consumer Protection https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0382-using-ip-cameras-safely