People get cameras for a variety of reasons. The main two being either to keep an eye on someone inside of their home (like a child or elder) or for evidence should something happen (a burglar breaks a window or steals their car). Regardless of the reason why you get cameras we at Complete Home Security have put together a few tips to help you keep your system secured.

The ideal camera is hard to hack into but also hard to break. 

Right now, there is a big scare of people you don’t know watching over you or getting access to your camera system. There is still the more common threat of someone breaking your cameras before going into your home. When looking at cameras look for outer shells, sphere shapes, and think about where you will be putting them. You don’t want a camera that has edges to go under your patio, and you don’t want something bulky very low to the ground.

Be careful of where you put your cameras

Yes, you want to watch all corners of your home, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Putting a camera in common areas like outside your home or in the living room or kitchen makes sense as that’s where people are most likely to be. We recommend rethinking putting cameras in more private areas like bedrooms or restrooms. In the case that someone does get access to your camera system, you still have some privacy in your own home. 

Use 2-step authentication on anything you can. 

Most websites have 2-step authentication on your accounts. We recommend doing this on any accounts for items such as security systems, bank accounts, or personal email accounts. 2-step authentication allows you to know any time someone is trying to log into your account. Our recommendation is phone verification, such as a text or notification for the quickest way to say “yes that’s me!”

Research your cameras before you buy them. 

Cameras are a big investment whether you buy them for a home or business. It’s important to do your research and make your investment a good one. Look for cameras that encrypt their data on cell towers instead of using the nearest WiFi networks. This makes it harder to get into your camera system. It’s much easier to hack into one person’s WiFi than into a cell tower that is protected. Lucky for you, Complete Home Security are Alarm Dot Com based who uses cell towers for all their products.

Make sure to change the password from the auto-generated ones. 

Many customers of the Nest camera systems have confessed to never changing their passwords from the ones they were originally given. The “hackers” found the auto-generated password and used that one to gain access to multiple accounts. This means there was no hacking into the WiFi or decoding a system. Along with changing the original password, change your passwords frequently. We suggest changing your password every 90 days (or three months). The easiest way to remember is go based on your birthday. For example if your birthday is February 24th, you’d change your password every February, May, August, and November 24th.

*BONUS TIP* Make sure your cameras are encrypted! Lucky for you, Complete Home Security uses Alarm Dot Com cameras that are encrypted. This means that any of the files containing recorded videos are translated into what looks like random letters and numbers. Cell towers, and not WiFi, receive this information and re-translate it to a comprehensive video. This makes it virtually impossible for hackers to get access to your live or saved feed.

We ask that you keep these tips in mind whether you have security cameras or are in the market for them. And ask yourself: are you complete?