A nanny cam is a useful way to watch your child and the person in charge of caring for them, but it can be a magnet for creeps. There was a couple who realized there was a problem with their camera after hearing music playing in their child’s room. Another realized that someone was saying crude things to their child after accessing their cam.
While you install this kind of device to keep your children safe, hackers can make the opposite your reality. Here are a few ways to combat this.
1. Register Your Cam
You should always register your nanny cam with the manufacturer. If they realize there is some type of security issue, all registered users will be notified. It is also a good idea to join their mailing list so you can be aware of any recalls and updates that may be detrimental to your child’s safety.
2. Create Strong Passwords
This is true for all of your web accounts, but especially when it comes to Wi-Fi. You should never use anything obvious like the name of your high school, your date of birth and any information that can be found on the Internet. There are generators available that create random passwords composed of letters, number and others randoms characters. These are pretty much foolproof. If you want to do it yourself, choose a string of characters that has at least 15 characters. You should include symbols, punctuation, numerals, and letters if both types. It may be necessary to write it down so you will not forget it.
3. Encrypt Your Wi-Fi
Since Wi-Fi has become so popular, hackers have found a way to break into all kinds of systems. If you have purchased a wireless camera, make sure that firmware is installed on it. This is typically installed by the manufacturer. This type of software will ensure that your device is more secure than ever.
4. Set Up Alerts
Google Alerts (www.google.co.za/alerts) gives you the option to keep track of all kinds of things. Use it to set alerts for your nanny cam. Whenever the device is mentioned on the Web, you will receive an alert. This is the best way to stay abreast of anything news that affects your device.
This information can help you keep your children safer than ever. Keep in mind that you should probably look for a new caretaker if you have a hunch the one you have now is not taking good care of your little ones. Cameras can help you keep an eye on what is happening, but it will be your job to intervene in the event there is an issue.
If you are looking for other security methods, you should take a peek at our “how-to-choose” tutorial.