Stop your Wi-fi baby monitor getting hacked

Over the past few years there have been more stories about wireless Wi-fi baby monitors being hacked. These people (hackers) break into your home network and gain access to your baby monitor’s web camera. I know, I know, they need a stern talking to, or something a little bit stronger.

Why do these people hack into a baby web cam? Well, some of them do it because they like the challenge. Some do it because they are not quite right in the head. A few are showing off to other hackers. And others like to cause trouble and think its fun and fair game if you don’t protect your wireless network.

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Wi-fi baby monitor vs wireless baby monitor

Before you think all baby monitors can be hacked, they can’t. This article is aimed at Wi-fi baby monitors (IP cameras or monitors). These IP baby monitors use the Internet to stream video images to your computer, tablet or smartphone. Wireless digital baby monitors do not connect to the internet. They send encrypted signals (using 2.4 GHz frequency signal band) in your home only. They cannot be hacked because they do not use the Internet.

To protect you and your baby from being a victim of a web cam hacker, there are some straightforward steps you can take. We’ve listed six below. They are quite simple and easy to follow. If you take action on these, you will give your baby monitor a much better chance of standing a hack attack!

Six steps to stop your Wi-fi baby monitor getting hacked

1. Change the default password. Your baby monitor has a standard password when it made and set up by the manufacturer. Hackers know all the default passwords. Change it now. And don’t change it to something as weak as 123456, p@ssword1 or your son or daughter’s name or date of birth. Have a look at the weakest passwords of 2014 for passwords to avoid.

2. Update your device firmware. Make sure your baby monitor has the latest firmware for the model you have. Sign up or register the product when you buy it so you will be alerted to any software updates. If you have a Foscam Wi-fi camera, make sure you read this article.

3. Install a firewall. Everybody who owns a computer needs to have a firewall installed. A firewall stops your computer from allowing connections from other networks, computers or Wi-fi cameras that could cause these devices to be hacked.

4. Encrypt your Wi-fi connection. Password protecting your Wi-fi connection is a good step to take. But, if your Wi-fi signal uses no encryption, you are still at risk. Make sure you use WPA2 to protect your network from being attacked. Please click here to find out more about WPA2 encryption.

5. Buy a digital baby monitor. There are quite a few analogue baby monitors being used and for sale. Their security features are weak. An analogue signal is able to be intercepted with most decent hand held scanners. While wireless and Wi-fi digital baby monitors can be hacked, when they are set up correctly, they are very difficult to hack into.

6. Turn off the wireless device. If your wireless Wi-fi baby monitor is off, there is no chance ever of it being hacked. Turn off your baby monitor when its not being used. Don’t leave it on standby. This is the ultimate protection.

Summary

You wouldn’t leave your front door unlocked all day and night. So don’t leave your computer network and baby monitor open to hackers. You can’t eliminate the threat of hacking 100 per cent. Anybody who says so is deluded or lying.

However, by following the advice above you will make it a damn sight harder for a hacker to gain access to your Wi-fi baby monitor’s webcam. Can you say your wireless baby monitor meets all of the steps above?

Please read the six steps above. Please take action, where necessary. You will put you and your baby in a very secure position. Good luck in stopping your Wi-fi baby monitor getting hacked.

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