21 November 2014

Do you ever get the strange feeling that someone’s watching you?

whatsapp_securityWell, if you have a private camera in your office or even in your home, you might be right, as it’s been discovered a Russian website is making the live streams from these devices accessible to all and sundry! There are thousands of them, and they’ve been compromised simply because the people and businesses using them haven’t changed the default password, which is apparently as protective as “a cobweb”, according to one critic.

Reading about the story yesterday, I felt more than a little uncomfortable. What an invasion of privacy this is, and what a security risk – especially if you’re a business with a camera on premise.

Whether the people using the cameras were made aware of the need to create their own password or not, this is another reminder that we really have to take the issue more seriously. If you do have a private camera and you don’t think you changed the default, it’s time to make a move. Pick a passphrase, not a dictionary word, as they’re easily brute-forced by hackers, and use special characters and numbers. I know I’ve said this before, but it’s also really important not to use the same password across multiple accounts. If a hacker gets into one, I’m willing to bet they’ll try that same password elsewhere.

Now I know what you’re thinking: how am I supposed to remember all these passwords for all of my accounts, but you can use association to help with this. So, for example, if the banner of a certain website conjures up a memory or a specific thought in your mind, create a passphrase around that. That way, it’s unique to you and it’s private.

Do you have a private camera inside your home or business? If you do, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this. Is your password default or decision?

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