When setting up a home security system, you must password-protect your Wi-Fi and set up two-factor authentication (2FA). Hackers could take over your home network if you don’t take these necessary precautions.
Safeguards like these can help stop a digital home invasion. Hackers are increasingly breaking into home security cameras, and taunting and extorting people through security systems. A security oversight on your part could open the floodgates for a hacker to launch a reign of terror on you and your family.
Scroll down for five signs that your security cameras are compromised. Once you know what to look for, you can quickly respond in case of a breach.
1. Strange sounds or unfamiliar voices
This is one of the most obvious signs a hacker has broken into your home security system. One man realized his family was in danger after hearing strange voices from his daughter’s room. After putting his seven-month-old baby to sleep, he investigated peculiar noises from her bedroom.
Then, he heard a man’s voice. A malicious hacker had broken into his Nest account and taken over the smart home, from the thermostats to the 16 security cameras. Then, the hacker turned up the temperature to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you aren’t sure how this is possible, remember that many security cameras have two-way talk features. Hackers can infiltrate the audio system and speak to you.
They could still make noises even if they aren’t so bold as to taunt you. Maybe they’re shuffling around, mumbling to themselves or something else. Keep your ears perked for sounds out of the ordinary. They’re dead giveaways that a hacker has breached your home security system.
2. Your security camera is moving strangely
Watch out for unusual panning or rotation. Move around in front of the camera and see if it follows your movements. That’s a surefire sign a hacker took over your security camera.
One Dutch woman caught a pervert this way. She bought a webcam to watch her puppy while away from home. Then she spotted the rotating camera swiveling to look at her — even when she was across the room. “I moved to the left and right, and the camera came with me,” she told The Sun.
Then she heard a strange voice. She said to the camera, “Get out of my house” and the hacker started sexually harassing her.
So if you ever hear a strange voice, shut your security camera off. Then, go into your app and immediately change your password. While looking over your security camera’s connected app, look for this next red flag.
3. Updated settings are one of the most prominent signs
Sneaky hackers won’t want you to know they’re in your network. They’ll quietly change your security settings. Maybe they’ll change your password.
Some arrogant hackers might even change your camera name. Maybe they’ll change your camera name to “Change your password” or “Upgrade your firmware” as a sign of mockery and disrespect.
Take the advice: Change your password before they change it for you and lock you out of your system. It’s also a sign that hackers leaked your password in a previous data breach. Tap or click here for three ways to see if your passwords are being sold on the Dark Web.
4. Your smart camera is using more data than ever before
If you have a security camera that streams live video to the cloud, watch its data consumption closely. Watch out if it’s transferring a ton of data when you aren’t using it. This is one of the most prominent signs your security camera has been hacked.
5. Your camera’s LED light is on… but you aren’t using it
Many security cameras use visual clues to let you know they’re in use. For example, Ring cameras have small LED lights that let you know whether they’re on or not. So watch out if you see your camera’s light blinking or flashing.
Sadly, not all security cameras have these visual cues. Maybe you bought a camera that doesn’t flash its LED lights to let you know someone’s accessing them. That’s why you should look for these other signs that your security camera has been hacked.
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