Change Passwords On Your Devices To Stop Cameras In Your House Spying On You, Government Warns
Owners of internet-enabled cameras must take steps to ensure they are not watched through their devices, experts have warned.
Security cameras and baby monitors that can connect to the internet could be turned back on their owners and used to spy on them, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) warned.
The three-step advice asks users to change the default password on their camera, ensure its security software is kept up to date and disable the feature which lets users remotely access the camera from the internet if they do not use it.
Dr Ian Levy, technical director at the NCSC said: “Smart technology such as cameras and baby monitors are fantastic innovations with real benefits for people, but without the right security measures in place they can be vulnerable to cyber attackers.
“These are practical measures which we can all take to help us get the most out of our home-based technology in a safe way.”
“We are working hard to make the UK the safest place to be online and want everyone to have confidence in their connected devices,” Mr Warman said.
“I urge everyone who owns a smart product to follow the NCSC guidance to make sure their device is secure.”
Under the Government’s plans, firms will be required to ensure consumer smart devices feature unique passwords not resettable to a universal factory setting.
Caroline Normand, Which? director of advocacy said: “Which? has repeatedly exposed serious security flaws with devices including wireless cameras and children’s toys, so mandatory security requirements and strong enforcement that ensures manufacturers, retailers and online marketplaces are held accountable for selling unsecure products is essential.
“Until new laws are in place, it is vital that consumers research smart device purchases carefully, and follow guidance to ensure their devices are protected by strong passwords and receiving regular security updates to reduce the risk of hackers exploiting vulnerabilities.”