Thousands of parents are potentially affected by this vulnerability.
Baby monitors are a life saver for many parents around the world. However, the safety and security of baby monitors has recently come into question. Researchers have found a major flaw in these products, that could mean someone can drop in and view a camera’s video stream.
The main problem lies with the Real-Time streaming protocols that have been used manufacturers. These protocols are used to control the streaming of footage. According to researchers, it’s possible to misconfigure the implementation of these.
So what does this all mean. Well, according to researchers, this can mean “potential harmful individuals could be able to access private images of your children, their bedrooms and possessions, this specific vulnerabililty is also concerning with regards to daycare centers- which are commonly known to stream video from inside kindergarten for onlooking parents and guardians.”
The findings went on to highlight that the monitors use poor security practices when connecting to the online portal that allows parents to view the monitors on either their laptops or mobile devices. This leaves them prone to be hijacked by hackers who could then use the cameras to spy on people.
In addition, most broadband suppliers provide high-security, password-protected WiFi which should safeguard your baby monitor and recorded data against hackers and other unauthorised users.
When it comes to children, every parent is naturally going to be more careful, and inquistive about what gadgets to use.
So what exactly causes this data exposure?
Though there were no concrete answers, the team behind the findings did mention that there were four reasons as to why baby monitors can become unsecured.
- Devices are designed for local networks and streamed over internet
- Misconfigured devices for use outside of local network.
- IP webcams have been repackaged as Baby monitors
- Manufacturer negligence
With many parents reading this, I’m sure you’ll be wondering what you can do to stop strangers from hacking into your baby monitors.We know that the impact of these misconfigurations can be severe, however there are steps you can take to protect your children from being stalked through baby monitors.
Protecting Baby Monitors From Hacking
- Check the Baby Monitor Guide: Read the baby monitor guide to find out how you can password protect the device. If you cannot password protect the device, avoid using it over the internet.
- Secure Your Monitor: Make sure you know certain security features and which companies are reputable. Know the ins and outs of your monitor so you can respond easily if it is been hacked.
- Update Software Regularly: It’s very important to update your software whenever there is a new update available. Old software can easily allow hackers inside. With technology evolving, hacking techniques are alos catching up with the new trends, so it’s important to stay one step ahead when it comes to updating devices and software.
- Customized Network ID and Password: Every network has a default user ID and password set by the manufacturer, not changing the credentials will make you vulnerable to cyber- attack. Always choose strong ID passwords for your device.
- Access control: Log into the home or facility router and look for a setting called “Access control” or “Access list”. From here you’ll be able to whitelist specific IP addresses allowing only those devices to connect.
- Buy legitimate baby monitors: Do not buy repackaged Wi-Fi webcams that are repackaged as baby monitors.
If you follow these steps you’ll be able to protect our children from potentially harmful strangers. Always keep your connections secure with a strong and complex password.