Signs Your Security Camera Is Compromised

June 29th, 2020



As a Chico homeowner, you want your house to be well protected. You, like many others in CA, may have already installed security cameras on your property. However, as ZDNet has reported, security cameras comprise 47% of vulnerable devices in a home. If you have security cameras, it’s good to watch out for signs that they are possibly compromised.

1 – You Are Hearing Strange Noises

Unless someone is pranking you, you should not be able to hear strange, loud noises coming from your security cameras. Listen for sounds other than those caused by the cameras’ regular zooming and rotation.

2 – Flickering Lights

Be mindful of the LED light in your camera—the red ones. This LED light usually tells you when your security camera is turned on. But if it starts to flicker, you should immediately check for hackers. 

Here’s what you can do: turn off the camera and disconnect all devices. If the LED light continues to flicker, that means someone is either trying to hack into your feed or has already succeeded in doing so.

3 – Abnormal Rotation

If your security camera comes with a rotation feature, then you should be aware of its routine. The moment you notice any deviance from its usual rotation, someone may have hacked into your system. You can usually tell if you have been hacked if the camera starts to eyeball you or someone in your family. 

4 – Security Setting Updates

Some hackers take the time to disguise their hacking attempts as software or firmware updates. This is clever because you would immediately trust them. But once the hackers are in, you will start noticing adjustments in your security settings. One example is when your password is suddenly changed to default. 

5 – Poor Performance

Hacking activities count as additional operations for your CCTV. They burden your camera in the same way a background application burdens your laptop’s processor. So if you notice any sudden changes in your camera’s performance, such as intermittent video feed, slower processing speed, and unresponsiveness, it is highly likely that someone has tapped into your feed.

What To Do If Your Security Camera Gets Hacked

Now that you know the signs your security camera may be hacked, you need to know how to address the problem.

1 – Change Your Password

The first thing you should do after confirming that your security camera has been compromised is to change your Wi-Fi password. Unplug your camera before proceeding with the password change. Additionally, you should aim for stronger passwords that are longer and use signs and symbols.

2 - Revert To Factory Settings

As we have discussed, hackers can gain access to your CCTV through fake updates. Wiping out your security camera’s internal storage by reverting to factory settings would ideally remove their access, too. You might want to back up your data first before resetting your camera.

3 – Regularly Update Firmware

Bring yourself up to speed with the manufacturer’s announcements about security updates, which you should install as soon as possible. Make sure that the update is really from the manufacturer.

4 – Use 2-Factor Authentication

Ask your security provider if your security camera supports 2-factor authentication. If it does, switch right away for an added layer of security. 

Consult with a security professional in Chico, (blog.state)) to discover ways to protect your security camera from hackers.

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