Make Your Security System Hack Proof
With the advent of wifi technology surfing the internet has never been easier. However, with the added security comes newfound technological threats, as hackers have found new ways to compromise wi-fi networks. Even with encrypted technology that may utilize WPA, WPA2, WEP, and WPS, hackers are smart enough to take advantage of user errors and the like to unleash havoc on homes and businesses.
Many people now have many smart and wifi enabled gadgets in and around the house that can become hacked. However, while the chances of being hacked is relatively small, the chance is still there. Internet of things gadgets can be amazing pieces of tech, but they have also opened multiple new catalysts or vulnerabilities that didn’t exist in the past.
As such, it is better to be safe than sorry, and making your security system hack proof can help protect your valuable information. Your wireless router in particular is a prime target for hackers who want to leech off of your wifi connection or who want to infiltrate your network to steal your valuable personal information.
How Wi-Fi Networks Are Hacked
One easy way to get hacked is via gaps in security. For instance, your system may have zero encryption initialized. Or, the WEP may have an encryption that is easy to crack. In some cases the WPA may be fine but the password may be easy to guess. Or the system may include a sound WPA2 encryption with a strong password but have a weak WPS.
Having a WEP encryption that is easy to bypass is a serious issue. A hacker can actually use your network as an access point to compromise other networks. Moreover, the hacked access point can actually be used by hackers to cover their tracks.
Or, you may opt for a virtually unhackable WPA encryption but may utilize a password that even a novice could decipher with some time. As such, confidential data can easily be stolen by a hacker if you are not careful. Even a WPA2 and a strong password will not suffice if you use WPS. This is because WPS requires a nine digit PIN to unlock, and a determined hacker will be able to discover the PIN with enough effort.
A hacker can even launch a denial of service attack against others if they wanted to, and all they would need to do is bypass the WPS. You can also get into serious legal trouble if you opt to avoid encryption at all; as a hacker can download copyrighted materials or lewd content if they wanted to.
How to Know if Your Security System has been Hacked
If you have a security camera or a baby monitor that has been hacked then if can be very difficult to determine if these devices have been hacked to the untrained eye. The biggest red flag, however, is poor performance. Since security camera have limited memory, they have to work extra hard when they have been compromised; so if performance if less than optimal then your camera may have been attacked by hackers. However, in some cases lagging performance may be due to non-malicious reasons; such as a poor signal or connection.
How to Make Your Security System Hack Proof
The first thing to do is ensure that the wireless security system has signals that are encrypted. If the signals are not encrypted then a hacker can easily hack into the system and wreak havoc if they wanted to. Your wifi network should also have a password that is hard to decode. In some cases you may need to access your alarm via a remote location. If this is the case then ensure that you are using a secure network. In other words, avoid using public wi-fi at all costs, as public wifi is far less secure and makes you an easy target.
Also, simply using a strong password will not suffice to keep your security system hack proof, as determined hackers will eventually find a way to decipher it. Instead, not only use a strong password but change it often to deter hackers. Also, use as many numbers, symbols and letters as possible to create the strongest password possible, and keep the password in a safe location in case you forget it.
Moreover, if you decide to buy a security camera avoid buying one that has been pre-owned. This is because used cameras are sometimes tampered with, and a person may install a spyware chip that can allow someone to spy on you and your business remotely. You may also opt for wired alarm system instead of a wireless one. It is best to discuss your unique needs with the company you have hired to determine which is better. In some cases a hybrid combination of the two may be your best option so don’t hesitate to ask.
Security System Tips
In sum, there are many ways to make your home security system hack proof. Turning off remote monitoring will help matters immensely. Your camera's firmware should also be updated as often as possible, and your webcam should be disconnected when not in use. The lens of your webcam should also be covered and be wary of password recovery emails. It also does not hurt to install anti-malware programs to compliment your machine protection.
We hope we have provided you with the means to make your security system hack proof. Evidently, many people will not have to worry about a cyber attack, and the chances are actually quite small, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared just in case. Also, some voyeurs may hack into your camera in order to track your surfing while you are on your computer, so taking the steps to maximize the protection of your wi-fi enabled home camera is also strongly recommended. If you are not careful, someone may hack into your system and steal personal data or even images that may cause legal issues or possibly embarrassing problems, so it is best to employ the latest security system protocols to reduce the probability of hacking.
Author Bio: Rebecca Hills is the community manager at CSP Alarms. She loves to write about home security and home improvement. She leverages her knowledge to educate people for keeping their homes safe.