Security cameras are everywhere we go; from inside our homes, where we work and the local supermarket. They add extra security and peace of mind to our daily lives while being out of sight and out of mind for a majority of people.

But did you know even security cameras need security?

A recent Global News article shed light on how the Russian website insecam.org was shown to be streaming footage from security cameras including Canada where the owners/installers did not change the default credentials. Some of the footage was of an owner eating breakfast in his kitchen and another of a daycare with small children playing with toys.

This creates an extra security risk, as anyone would be able to log into your security cameras live feed and have a private window into your business and personal life.

At Sentinel Alarm, we value security and have compiled a list of tips you should follow after installing a security system or allowing someone access to your network.

1. Change your factory-default password after installing new security cameras.

Be sure to not use your birth year or simple passwords such as “12345Habs”. Simple passwords can easily be guessed by simple information about you or where you live. Be sure to add other characters or dashes to make your password harder to guess. If you don’t change your default password then you leave your cameras open to anyone and instead of working purely for you. Footage obtained from these cameras can be used against you.

2. Don’t post personal information on social media.

Posting personal information online can give valuable hints as to what keywords you would use in your passwords to your social media accounts or your security cameras. Be sure to never post when you’re away on vacation, out of the house or any words that are critical to your passwords.

3. Never store your passwords on the computer or where someone can have access to them.

A majority of us have anti-virus software on our computers to protect ourselves from security threats. But even with added protection computers are still vulnerable and can have information stolen from them without you even knowing. It is even more critical to not store passwords on a computer if it is used in a public space or someone else has access to it.