Frequntly Asked Quetion (FAQ)

Q. What are some potential dangers of having a home security system that is connected to WiFi?

A.

To start off, I would like to mention that having a WiFi enabled security system won’t instantly make you a target for hackers. But we also must recognize that there are other things to be concerned about when considering WiFi security systems.

Hackers commonly gain unauthorized access by finding vulnerabilities in outdated software. To reduce this risk, it is important that you update your security system as soon as you are prompted to. It is also important to mention that you shouldn’t be using the default WiFi password that came assigned with your router. If your home security system is connecting to a wireless network, then you want to be absolutely certain that your wireless network is also protected. Most home security camera logs include the IP address of anyone who’s accessed your camera. So if you see something suspicious, change all of your passwords and report it.

Perhaps the best thing you can do is to hide your network. This can be done in your router’s settings, and it will prevent people from trying to connect to the WiFi network running your security system. When you log into your router’s settings, look for any option to hide the network name or hide the SSID (service set identifier), which is the technical identifier of your network.

With that being said, I would be cautious of Wi-Fi home security from the standpoint of the company that owns it. We have seen time and time again, that companies try to take as much of data as possible. By installing cameras and microphones all over the house that have constant connection to WiFi does pose a large Privacy risk.