The installation of IP security cameras has grown steadily in recent years. An IP (Internet Protocol Camera) is a digital video camera that is used for surveillance and has the ability to send and receive data through a computer and the Internet.

While installing an IP camera is relatively easy, the biggest challenge from a security point of view is how to ensure that hackers don't find your camera on the Internet. Below are some installation tips to help protect your IP security camera from spy eyes.

Make sure your camera firmware is up to date

Updated IP security cameras come with customizable firmware. If a security lapse is detected, the camera manufacturer often fixes the susceptibility by updating the firmware. The firmware can be updated from the manufacturer's official website through the management console.

Therefore, please continue to regularly check the website of the manufacturer of your IP security camera for the latest version of firmware that is not exploitable by hackers and other Internet users.

Keep local cameras

To prevent your camera feeds from ending up on the Internet; just avoid connecting them to the internet. For added privacy and security, keep your cameras local and block them to internal non-routable IP addresses. Please note that even with a non-routable IP address, your security camera may be vulnerable to software that can expose it to the Internet. Therefore, it is imperative that you check the manufacturer's official website to learn how to lock your camera exclusively in a local Internet mode.

Make sure your cameras are password protected

Most IP security cameras do not come with password protection for video broadcasts. The manufacturer assumes that its primary purpose is to operate the camera and secure it later. Don't forget to add password protection to your camera after initial setup to make sure it's not open for everyone to access.

Most IP security cameras offer some form of basic authentication. Protect the power of the camera with a unique username and a strong password that must be changed periodically.

Change the default administrator account and set a new administrator password

It is important to change the default administrator name and password set by the manufacturer. You can access the default account by visiting the manufacturer's official website and clicking on the support section for the camera model. Forgetting or ignoring changing the default administrator name password can leave your camera feeds exposed to even the most novice hackers.

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