HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — This isn’t just another spooky Halloween story, but it’s spooky: someone can be watching you using your security camera or doorbell.
The title is not clickable bait. It happens. With all gadgets and devices connected to your home Wi-Fi router, virtually everything is hackable. This includes any device with a camera, such as a computer webcam, nanny cam, crib cam, security camera, and video doorbell.
It’s not easy, but hackers with knowledge and intentions can certainly compromise these devices.
You may be making it easy for them without even knowing it. The WiFi router, to which all smart home devices are connected, is vulnerable to hacks if the default password and username information has never been changed.
All WiFi routers come with default login credentials that you are prompted to change once they are plugged in and connected to the internet.
The problem is that many people are too busy or forgetful to do this. Wi-Fi router manufacturers publish default credentials on their website’s support page so users can quickly get their router up and running.
Armed with a router’s username and password (often “admin” and “password”) and instructions that can be found on dark websites, a hacker can take control of the router and any device connected to it.
There are websites on the dark web that host dozens of hacked security cameras streaming video around the clock. People in their homes had no idea they were being watched. On YouTube, you can find prank videos made using these security cameras. Some hackers control smart TVs, garage doors, and “beeping” devices.
If you have smart home devices, think about what a hacker can do with them.
Think back to when you set up your Wi-Fi router. Did you change the default username and password? You may be asking “how can I do this now?” The easiest way is to download the WiFi router app or go to the manufacturer’s website support page. Log in and make the necessary changes.
Newer routers have better security. If your router is five years old or older, it might be time to buy a new one. WiFi 6 routers bring more speed to more devices.
It’s also a good idea, no matter how old your router is, to reset it again. To do this, simply unplug the router from the electricity for about 10 seconds before plugging it back in. When it resumes, it will download and install all updates released by the manufacturer.
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