Thursday, November 20, 2014

Closing the Bedroom Door Won't Help

Remember the game still played by adults attempting to while away time with the childish distraction, “I spy with my little eye”? Well the game has gone rogue with modern technology, now including big and little brother, their sisters, and heck their entire family keeping a spying eye on the lookout. Heck, everyone and anyone with an Internet connection can spy with their little eye on ~ YOU!

In the US alone, there are over 4,591 surveillance cameras from nursery schools to private homes that at not secured with either an updated password from the default admin password or they have no password at all. If you go to Insecam, you can view thousands upon thousands of video camera shots from around the world. 

It is really creepy to see some unmade beds and children’s cribs in private homes. It would be worse if you were caught doing something meant to be private and um, not naked regardless of whether you were alone or with others.

These brands of cameras: CCTV cameras, AvTech DVRs, Hikvision DVRs, Foscam cameras, Panasonic cameras, and Linksys are the culprits. However, don’t blame the manufacturer or the camera. Three fingers point back to you for not changing the password, something that should be clearly explained in the manual.

The reason for the intrusion is because these cameras have an Internet Protocol (IP) built into them, allowing them to transmit and receive data via either a computer network or an Internet connection. They are found in all forms ranging from surveillance systems to baby monitors.

So the next time you are out at a party, checking your baby's status at home, stop to think about how many strangers are doing the same exact thing. Change your password now if you have not done so. If you lost your manual, Google is your friend. Like all things computer related, keep an eye out for software updates for your system.

Just a quick check of the site mentioned above, Hungary has 100 cameras to view. France has a whopping 2,058 surpassing The Netherlands with 1,576 and Great Britain at 584. Russia comes in last with a paltry 77. As if this would be a surprise!

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