How to Secure your Wi-Fi devices
Before we go into securing Wi-Fi cameras, let’s make sure we’re clear on the technology we’re talking about. The three most common wireless methods used by cameras are radio, WiFi, and point-to-point line-of-sight beam protocols.
Radio-frequency cameras provide analog video over radio waves. These are basically the video equivalent of a walkie-talkie. The image quality is that of a 1990s cell phone.
We do not promote (or install) radio frequency technology because it is ineffective for security. The resolution is insufficient, and the connection is susceptible to static. Radio-based surveillance cameras should not even be considered by savvy buyers.
As a smart home security company in Austin, Texas, we see how physical home security and digital network security affect each other. We’ve noticed that the more Wi-Fi cameras grow in popularity, the more network security has an effect on home security.
For example, stories continue to emerge about Wi-Fi video doorbell cameras being hacked and people’s privacy being compromised through them. It’s terrifying to think that devices made to keep homes safe, might actually do the opposite.
This is why we no longer recommend some of the most popular Wi-Fi cameras on the market.
Still, no matter what Wi-Fi device you add to your smart home, Wi-Fi security starts where your internet begins; at the router.
1. Use Password Best Practices
You need to remember a lot of passwords. When installing wireless security cameras, though, you may want to add two more—yes, two.
Before installing Wi-Fi cameras, users must make certain that the network to which they are connecting the cameras has a safe encryption setting and a complex SSID/password. Choose a camera that necessitates the user to provide the camera’s specific password upon setup for added security—double encryption. Many cameras are pre-configured, but remember to change the passwords on all Wi-Fi devices. Consider something intricate with a variety of letters and numbers.
Make sure to change your router’s default password once it’s installed and before you start installing your smart Wi-Fi devices. Otherwise, you will need to reconnect previously installed Wi-Fi devices once the password has been updated.
Here is a super simple tutorial on how to change your router password and settings.
Your password should be something like a phrase and have a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters.
It’s also good to use best practices of Wi-Fi security like two-factor authentication and guest user passwords (also explained in the tutorial link above).
2. Use Proper User Management
Next, give access to your smart devices on an individual level by creating separate user accounts.
Never share your login credentials with others!
Allowing several users to share the same login information makes it difficult to track what devices are giving access to hackers.
Remote control and sneak peeks are not available on all cameras. It’s simple to ensure that you’re purchasing a camera with remote access. However, you should consider how you intend to gain access to that camera. Looking to watch live videos from a web browser? Check to see whether it is an option. More significantly, make sure that the camera is compatible with your smartphone/tablet platform. Some cameras are compatible with iOS devices, others with Android and still others with both.
3. Buy Security System Products from Companies Who Specialize in Security
Professionals specialize to be the best at what they do.
So why buy a security system from a company that makes your web browser, or from a retail giant that sold you Crocs? (No Croc-shaming here, I’m wearing a pair now)
BIGSTAR strongly recommends both because their products are less susceptible to attacks caused by breaches in Wi-Fi security and other types of hacks.
To sum it up, Wi-Fi devices, as vulnerable as they may be, aren’t going anywhere.
This is why taking the proper steps to keep your Wi-Fi secure will also keep you and your property secure.
To help, when an Austin Smart Homes technician installs a Wi-Fi device in your home, they can also set up your Wi-Fi security upon request.
Austin Smart Homes has curated the most secure devices for home and business owners, and we help you stay on top of the latest smart home and security trends.
- Get a managed network security package that includes a router, switch, and access point.
- Use a single-user protection plan for an added layer of security for your computer.
These two steps make your work and personal information security ironclad.
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