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Ensure You Secure Your IP CCTV From Potential Hackers

Have you ever thought about how secure your IP CCTV system is and if someone can hack into it? Probably not, right? Well, you should, and I am going to tell you 4 steps you can follow to stop someone from hacking into your system.

IP cameras connect to the internet so that they can share footage to devices such as your phone, tablet or PC/laptop. The vulnerable part of this process is the internet network that you're connected to and where the footage is shared/stored on the internet. Here is some information on how to protect your system:

1. Ensure your internet network is secure - To do this, the best thing for you to do is make sure that you have a strong password. Then limit the number of people who you share this password with. If someone has access to your WiFi then it isn't just the CCTV you need to be worried about, it's all of your computers and their content.

2. Password protect your cameras - Most IP cameras are pre-installed with software from the manufacturer. They also usually all have the same default username and password. Most people are wise enough to change this when setting up their new cameras, however, there are still a lot of people who don't! By not doing this, your camera and all its recordings are left unsecured and available to anyone on the internet, especially those who have the same camera and therefore know the default username and password.

3. Change the default password of your router - Just like the default password that comes with your camera. Your router also has a default password. Again, a lot of people change this when setting up their wireless network so, make sure you have to!

4. Make sure the firmware of your camera is up-to-date - IP camera manufacturers will tend to update your cameras from time-to-time, with small enhancements. Despite this, these improvements are so incremental, and the manual update is so complicated, many people don't need to update their camera's firmware. However, problems may occur when the camera's manufacturer discovers a flaw that potentially could expose the camera to hacking. If this were to happen, then it is highly recommended that the camera's firmware is updated. Various camera manufacturers ask for you to register your camera with them. This is so that they can inform you of any new updates to the camera's firmware. If this doesn't happen, then you will likely have to check the manufacturer's website for the latest updates.

If you have any concerns regarding your security system, give us a call on 01604 259467. Nortech also provides IP CCTV security systems, at an unbeatable cost. If this is something you would like to know more about then, please click here. Alternatively, to get a quote, please get in touch! We will be happy to help, and even happier to keep your business secure.