Wireless Security Cameras - Are you inviting hacker into your home?

3rd December 2019

Wireless Security Cameras - Are you inviting hacker into your home?

A Which? Investigation has found that wireless security cameras being promoted on well-known sites are putting consumer privacy at risk. It has been estimated that around 50,000 security cameras in the UK contain critical security flaws that offer hackers easy access to your camera.

Many of the mass-produced wireless cameras, often manufactured in China, have little or no quality checks before being sold on online. Access to your security camera has a range of risks, for example hackers gaining full control of the camera or the access of personal data

How to find out if your wireless camera been hacked

  • Listen out for strange noises from your camera - there have been reports from users that they can hear someone talking or breathing from the camera
  • See if your security camera rotates abnormally - if it follows you as you move around the room, it suggests that someone else has control
  • Find out if there is a blinking LED light - a random blinking light which you didn’t enable is a sign that you’re not the only one with access to the camera

What to consider when purchasing a wireless security camera

Factors other than price should be considered when purchasing a security device for your home such as who are the companies behind these devices designed to offer security and peace of mind? How established are they? Customer reviews, have any security issues been highlighted in multiple reviews?

When shopping for new security devices, do your research. Are they manufactured by a known and trusted brand? What customer service do they offer if something goes wrong? Do they appear to be a trustworthy company? Ultimately, consider whether it’s worth saving money on a product that’s designed to keep you or your family safe and secure.

The benefits of professional installation and maintenance from specialists include: reliable results, certification to industry standards and a guarantee that you know exactly what you are getting every time. Boden Fire & Security only use high quality and trusted manufacturers for your peace of mind. Our specialists are always available to answer your questions and queries from consultation through to installation and after care of your security systems.

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