Oh, for the good old days of walkie-talkie style baby monitors, which you would never have to worry about being hacked. The terrible truth that the baby monitor industry is facing is that these new clever internet enabled devices can be hacked relatively easily. There have been a number of incidents where web weirdos have hacked into baby monitors and have been found verbally abusing infants. It is sick and scary as hell considering that these monitors often have cameras and lord knows what goes through these weirdos’ sick brains.
Well, the problem is you can’t deny the extra benefits of such devices but you do need to take action to counteract the potential problems. So, here’s a little help for you to maximize the safety of any internet capable baby monitor.
It is first vital to make sure you register your device with the company you brought it from. This may lead to some irritating spam from them but it can also mean that if they discover a security issue in their models they can often send advice as to how to fix this issue on your unit. You also need to tighten up your Firewall settings to avoid outside influences interacting with your WiFi enabled products. Finally, and most importantly, change the default settings for your camera. Specifically you need to make sure that you set a secure password as this will add an extra layer of protection.