Are you being watched? Is your DVR secure?

Having the ability to view your surveillance system from different parts of the world, or even whilst at your local pub is great, but what if someone else is watching your property too?

Is your DVR Secure?

With technology moving forward it has become ever easier to make sure your home or business is safe, but what if other people could view your footage?  We have previously mentioned a website (Insecam.org) which featured over 73,000 live streams from networked CCTV systems and cameras available for public viewing. The reason being, users have forgotten to change their default passwords. This website was shut down for a period of time but it is back and it is a great reminder to all CCTV owners the need to change your password!

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We had a look through the website ourselves and came across a company, who have networked a pan tilt zoom camera (pictured) in their office. As a result we were able to move the camera across the office and inspect its layout. A scary experience when you consider how it could be used in the wrong hands.

It is a worrying sign that a large amount of cameras and systems are available to view all because passwords were not changed. We came across a variety of different locations from different parts of the globe -  churches, gardens, convenience stores, nurseries and garages etc. Again scary!

Insecam.org have stressed that they now filter out residential cameras to only show 'commercial cameras' but this only enforces the idea that there are many more systems exposed by this common mistake. Here at Satsecure we are all about security and we always say changing your default password is a must for your CCTV system and neglecting to do this is basically like leaving your front door unlocked for anyone to come in!

So What Can I Do?

  1. First things first, change your password! The simplest way of making sure you are protected and your system is secure is to change your password.
  2. Remember to make it a strong password, by using a combination of upper-case and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols will leave strangers guessing.
  3. Make sure you have a QR-Coded system. The QR scan systems have a unique username/password combination . Only serious brute-force hacking would get through that! These systems are a growing trend and if you have one you are far safer than most.