The Federal Trade Commission is among the agencies, organizations and companies that are urging careful attention to safety and security when using IP cam products. Why? There’s a great risk for your signal getting into the wrong hands and for your entire network to be compromised through these cameras if you take the wrong actions.
Of course, if you’re broadcasting your IP cam on your website, you may not be concerned with the images getting into the wrong hands — but that doesn’t means you don’t need to worry about how these cameras might compromise your home or business network.
Before Buying Any Cameras
With Internet protocol cameras, homeowners and businesses can keep an eye on their pets, their children arriving home from school, their employees or their properties. The live feed of both audio and video can be accessed remotely from a web browser. But digital snooping and security breaches are very common with these devices.
For security’s sake, make sure all information sent by your camera is encrypted if you don’t want the whole world to see it. Make sure any IP cam you buy for any reason is from a respected company known for putting security first.
Just as important is the wireless security protocol. An IP cam in a home, for example, usually connects to the Internet through a wireless router, opening the whole network up to potential vulnerabilities. Make sure your chosen camera supports WPA2 or a similar wireless security protocol.
Putting It Out There
If you plan to access your feed remotely, make sure your username, password and all feeds sent to the Internet are encrypted. Terms like SSL/TLS and other industry standards are what you should look for on the camera box.
Some cameras allow for multiple levels of access, and this is important if you plan to give several people direct access to you camera. You probably don’t want anyone but you to have complete access to all controls and functions. Should other users be able to change the direction of the camera or zoom in, for example?
If you plan to allow access by more than just a few trusted users who are known to you, it makes sense to use IP cam rebroadcasting service from a trusted live streaming company. These companies have direct access to your live signal and then relay this feed to other viewers.
This means you can reach more people than your small camera or network can support — and none of them have to have any passwords or any direct access to your network.