Most homes and businesses now have CCTV cameras as the main part of their security systems. These CCTV cameras act as a deterrent because most vandals and thieves do not like to be filmed while conducting their criminal activities. It’s important to keep your CCTV camera footage stored so it can be used in reviews and to identify suspects recorded on it.
There are a number of ways to secure the footage from your CCTV cameras. The best methods to use depend on the type of CCTV you have as all CCTV security cameras are vulnerable:
- Wired CCTV cameras
Using direct wired CCTV cameras that do not have an internet connection anywhere on their system makes them very hard to hack because there is no entry point for hackers.
With these systems the CCTV Camera footage is recorded directly on a DVD storage device or computer and can be viewed on a monitor as required. The capacity is dependent on the capacity of the storage device which should be kept in a secure location.
When there is footage you wish to retain then it should kept on a disk, USB or memory card that’s stored in a secure location away from the recording device. It’s also advisable to send the information via a separate device to a secure cloud based storage facility
Wi-Fi CCTV cameras
Any device you have that’s connected to the internet including CCTV security cameras can be hacked. This could allow someone to watch you through your own cameras of delete incriminating information from the footage.
These steps will help protect and secure your wireless CCTV camera footage:
- Choose a router that contains a WPA or Wi-Fi protected Access or a WPA2 security system that will encrypt all your data making in incomprehensible to hackers
- Use the firewall that is provided in your CCTV cameras as per the manufacturer’s instructions
- Change the password to secure passwords or password phrases; make sure all passwords are different and strong. Each camera, router and storage device must have its own password. A password should be at least 12 characters long made up of a random set of letters, numbers and symbols and changed at least once a year. (make sure they are all different and stored the passwords in a secure physical note book)
- Use the two factor authentication options for your CCTV cameras, routers and storage devices, store this information is separate locations so they can’t be found
- Keep the CCTV cameras, router and storage devices firmware up to date and be sure to download all of the manufactures updates as these mainly related to security matters
Your home or business CCTV camera’s footage can be venerable to hackers if not properly protected. If your using a wired in connection that’s not connected to the internet it’s much more secure that a Wi-Fi connection that can be hacked by criminals using search programs similar to Google search so you need to take precautions.